at 3 o´clock a.m./p.m.

the_one_and_only

Senior Member
Romania, Romanian
Hi,

Could you, please, tell me if it´s proper to say that something will take place at, for instance, 3 o´clock a.m. or we can´t use the a.m. in this case and we should say instead: at 3 o´clock in the morning?
Many thanks!
 
  • roxcyn

    Senior Member
    USA
    American English [AmE]
    Both of those you said, friend, are correct. If you want you could also say 03:00 (on the 24 hour system) which will be "oh three hundred".

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    Pablo
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    ... three a.m. ...
    ... three in the morning ...
    ... three o'clock in the morning ...
    ... three o'clock a.m. ...

    The "o'clock a.m." version seems unusual to me, but I wouldn't say it was incorrect or not proper.
     

    the_one_and_only

    Senior Member
    Romania, Romanian
    Yes, Panjandrum, I also think the version with o´clock a.m. sounds unusual. I lived for 8 years in London and never heard it.
    Many thanks to you all!
     
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