Consider the following questions and answers you'll need to be on top of the time.
Consult Table 9 to tell time correctly in French.
To express and understand time properly remember the following:
- To express time after the hour, the number of minutes is added. Et (and) is used only with quart (quarter) and demi(e) (half).
Moins (less, minus) is used to express time before the hour.
Moins le is used before quart to express 15 minutes after the hour.
- Because midi (noon) and minuit (midnight) are masculine, to say half past, use et demi, as in the following: J'arrive ` midi et demi. (I'm arriving at half past noon.)
- In public announcements, such as timetables, the official twenty‐four‐hour system is commonly used, with midnight as the zero hour:
16 h is 4:00 p.m.
21 h 45 is 9:45 p.m.