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  1. StefKE

    StefKE Senior Member

    Brussels
    French - Belgium
    Hello everyone,

    I made a quick search on this forum, but couldn't find any answer so I thought I'd ask here.

    When you write hours, for instance "The train leaves at 3.00 PM", how should you write the "PM" ?

    Do you capitalize the letters ?
    Or is it correct to put small letters ?
    Or do you capitalize the first one and not the second one ? (Pm)
    Also, should there be dots in between: P.M. ?
    Or can I just write it the way I like ?

    Thank you very much for your answers. :)
     
  2. Momerath Senior Member

    British English
    I think lower case for both letters (pm) is "correct" and dots are optional (personally I would leave them out).
     
  3. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    I would write "at 3pm" or at "3:00pm".

    "PM" is acceptable.

    The "Pm" version is not acceptable.

    As for the dots in between... Well that's merely a stylistic choice. Personally, I omit dots.
     
  4. Rival Senior Member

    English - UK
    The way I normally see it is in small letters with no dots.
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  5. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    Generally, "a.m." and "p.m." are written in lowercase letters, but transportation schedules often use "AM" and "PM" written with no punctuation in capitals. The lowercase version should work for most purposes, but the capitalized versions are also widely used.
     
  6. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Hi Stefke

    Did you try putting am pm into Dictionary and thread title search at the top of the page?

    I did, and it led me to this closed thread: a.m. p.m./ am pm?. Which in turn led to me to this one: a.m. or am - punctuating time.

    :)
     
  7. StefKE

    StefKE Senior Member

    Brussels
    French - Belgium
    No, actually I used the "search this forum" tool, but I may have used wrong key words...
    Anyway, thank you all for your quick and useful answers. :)
     
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