do you say "a.m" or "p.m" in oral English?

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  • AngelEyes

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    English - United States
    This is true in American English, too.

    We sometimes say it instead of - using your example:

    "...three in the morning."


    Senior Member
    I agree with the previous posts.

    You'll also hear, occasionally, folks saying "a.m. in the morning" to emphasize that something is very early. It's redundant and incorrect, but kind of cute.

    "She called me and woke me up at 3 a.m. in the morning!"


    Senior Member
    You don't have to use the a.m./p.m. if it's obvious from the context, or what would normally be expected. "I'll be there at 3" would be assumed to be p.m. and "I'll wake you up at 7" would be assumed to be a.m.
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