# It's 8:10 a.m. now.

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
Dear Gurus,
Let's say, it's 8:10 a.m. now. How do you sat that? Are all following variants possible?
A. [It's eight ten ei em].
B. [It's eight ten in the morning].
C. [It's ten minutes past eight in the morning].
D. [It's ten minutes after eight].
Thank you!

• #### Edinburgher

##### Senior Member
Yes, all are possible, but we'd tend to omit "minutes" from C and D.
I think "after" is used in AE, BE prefers "past".

#### Creature from the Sun

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Yes, all are possible, but we'd tend to omit "minutes" from C and D.
I think "after" is used in AE, BE prefers "past".
Got it! Thank you very much, Edinburgher! So, C and D sound better as C. '[It's ten past eight in the morning].' and D. '[It's ten after eight]. ' but we can add 'minutes' as well, right?

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
Yes, all are possible, but we'd tend to omit "minutes" from C and D.
Could you also tell me, if it's 8:50, I believe, 'It's ten minutes to nine.' is quite common. But how about 'It's ten to nine.' ? Can we omit 'minutes' in such a case?

#### tunaafi

##### Senior Member
Yes. We usually omit the word 'minutes' with five, ten, twenty and twenty-five past and to the hour.

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
Yes. We usually omit the word 'minutes' with five, ten, twenty and twenty-five past and to the hour.
Thank you, tunaafi! If it is, say, 8:12, can we say 'It's eight twelve. / It's twelve past eight.', both without minutes?

#### tunaafi

##### Senior Member
With times other than the five-minute times I mentioned, we normally use the word 'minutes'.

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
With times other than the five-minute times I mentioned, we normally use the word 'minutes'.
Thank you, tunaafi! In such a case, how can we say '8:12'? I believe, 'It's twelve minutes past eight.' is OK, right? But is it good enough to say 'It's eight twelve.' without minutes? Or we should say 'It's eight hours and twelve minutes.'?

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#### heypresto

##### Senior Member
Should we say 'It's eight hours and twelve minutes.'
No. We never say 'It's X hours and Y minutes', when talking about the time.

#### kentix

##### Senior Member
In such a case, how can we say '8:12'?
It depends on the situation. In a normal, casual situation we wouldn't generally say it at all. (I'm speaking from my AE background.)

What time is it?
It's about ten after/past eight.

[I seem to use "past" and "after" mostly interchangeably.]

If they want an exact time I might say twelve minutes after eight. Or eight twelve.

If we are waiting for a specific time and they keep asking for frequent updates I would keep it very short.

What time is it now?

It's eight twelve.

Eight seventeen.

Eight twenty-two.

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#### kentix

##### Senior Member
In real life, we also don't say a.m. unless it's needed. If you are in a windowless room, it might be needed information. Otherwise, most people are aware whether it's morning or night.

Where am and pm are used are mostly in reference to things not happening now.

When was the baby born?

8:12 am yesterday.

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
No. We never say 'It's X hours and Y minutes', when talking about the time.
Thank you, heypresto!

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
In real life, we also don't say a.m. unless it's needed. If you are in a windowless room, it might be needed information. Otherwise, most people are aware whether it's morning or night.

Where am and pm are used are mostly in reference to things not happening now.

When was the baby born?

8:12 am yesterday.
Thank you so much, kentix, for your detailed explanation! So, '8:48' we can say (if we neeed the exact time) 'Eight forty eight.' and 'Twelve minutes to nine.', right?

Yes.

Thank you!

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
What time is it?
It's about ten after/past eight.
If it is 19:30, can we ever say 'nineteen thirty' or we must say 'sever thirty (in the evening)'?

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#### kentix

##### Senior Member
In the U.S. we don't say nineteen thirty. Other English-speaking countries have different customs.

#### Creature from the Sun

##### Senior Member
In the U.S. we don't say nineteen thirty. Other English-speaking countries have different customs.
Thank you, kentix!

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