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Time

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This Revision Bite will give you practice in how to say the time in French.

Forming expressions of time

Remember the order of the words for the time:

  • Il est deux heures (It's two o'clock)
  • Il est deux heures cinq (It's five past two)
  • Il est deux heures dix (It's ten past two)
  • Il est deux heures et quart (It's quarter past two)
  • Il est deux heures vingt (It's twenty past two)
  • Il est deux heures vingt-cinq (It's twenty-five past two)
  • Il est deux heures et demie (It's half past two)
  • Il est trois heures moins vingt-cinq (It's twenty-five to three)
  • Il est trois heures moins vingt (It's twenty to three)
  • Il est trois heures moins le quart (It's quarter to three)
  • Il est trois heures moins dix (It's ten to three)
  • Il est trois heures moins cinq (It's five to three)

At 12:00

  • Il est midi (It's midday)
  • Il est minuit (It's midnight)

At 12:30

  • Il est midi et demi (daytime)
  • Il est minuit et demi (nighttime)

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