The French seem very formal with time. Do they ever just say " it is ten fifteen?"

Gary

Kwiziq community member

10 January 2017

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The French seem very formal with time. Do they ever just say " it is ten fifteen?"

Il est dix quinze.

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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 January 2017

10/01/17

Bonjour Gary !

No, in French, you cannot omit "heure(s)" when telling the time: it would sound too vague (ten fifteen what?).
It's the same as when you give your age, you cannot omit "ans" for similar reasons.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Gary

Kwiziq community member

10 January 2017

10/01/17

Thanks for answer. The answer " ten fifteen " would not be vague if the question was " what is the time ?" Very common usage in Australia. Same for " how old are you?" " 30 ". Anyway, an interesting theme. C'est la vie!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 January 2017

11/01/17

Yes, that's the beauty of the English language :)

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