Telling the time specifically

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Ian

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

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Telling the time specifically

I was marked wrong for including "Il est dix-neuf heures et demie." as a way of specifically saying "It is 7:30PM. "  Please explain?

This relates to:
Telling the time in French - AM vs PM -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

23/10/18

This is mixing the familiar and the formal ways of telling time. The "et demie" is informal but the "dix-neuf" is formal. So, either say 

dix-neuf heures trente or sept heures et demie du soir

Ian

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

23/10/18

Thanks again Chris.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

23 October 2018

23/10/18

Hi Ian,

If I can be more categorical -

you don't use, et quart , et demie, moins le quart with the 24 hour clock...

Hope this helps!

Ian

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

23/10/18

Thanks Cecile. It does!

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