Time on 24 hour clock

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Time on 24 hour clock

Could you provide additional explanation for this: When the time expressed uses hour numbers above 12 (in the "24-hour clock" -> 13h, 14h...), you use instead quinze, trente, quarante-cinq, probably for pronunciation (and elegance) . 

 

I am having a hard time understanding these translations in the examples of a 24 hour clock. 

Il est seize heures quinze.It is quarter past four PM.​​Il est quinze heures trente.It is three-thirty PM.Il est dix-neuf heures quarante-cinq.It's quarter to eight PM.
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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

seize heure quinze -- 16:15 -- 4:15 pm
quinze heures trente -- 15:30 -- 3:30 pm
dix-neuf heures quarante-cinq -- 19:45 -- 7:45 pm

As you can see, in the 24-h clock you just express hours and minutes as the numbers they are. Ease of pronunciation doesn't come in.

Time on 24 hour clock

Could you provide additional explanation for this: When the time expressed uses hour numbers above 12 (in the "24-hour clock" -> 13h, 14h...), you use instead quinze, trente, quarante-cinq, probably for pronunciation (and elegance) . 

 

I am having a hard time understanding these translations in the examples of a 24 hour clock. 

Il est seize heures quinze.It is quarter past four PM.​​Il est quinze heures trente.It is three-thirty PM.Il est dix-neuf heures quarante-cinq.It's quarter to eight PM.

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