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

GaryA2Kwiziq community member

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

Il est dix quinze.
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
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 !
GaryA2Kwiziq community member
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!
AurélieKwiziq team member
Yes, that's the beauty of the English language :)

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

Il est dix quinze.

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