Telling the time specifically

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Ian

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

6 replies

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 question relates to:
French lesson "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!

Nezih

Kwiziq community member

14 April 2019

14/04/19

Hi,

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

Could you please add this info into the lesson? It is not the best way to find out such information in the comments. 

Regards

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 April 2019

22/04/19

Bonjour Nezih !

This information was already in the lesson, but I agree it didn't pop out as much as it should have.I've now updated the lesson to make it more obvious :)

Bonne journée !

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