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L’HEURE (the time)

October 14, 2012

To enquire about the time in French, the question asked is :

Quelle heure il est ? / Il est quelle heure ? / Quelle heure est-il ?
What time is it ?

One can also ask (for example, asking to a stranger in the street) :

Vous avez l’heure ?
Do you have the time ? / Have you got the time ?

The answer will present itself like that :

7:00 am → Il est sept heures.
7:15 am  Il est sept heures quinze / sept heures et quart.
7:20 am → Il est sept heures vingt.
7:30 am → Il est sept heures trente / sept heures et demie.
7:40 am → Il est sept heures quarante / huit heures moins vingt.
7:45 am → Il est sept heures quarante-cinq /huit heures moins le quart.
12 am → Il est douze heures / Il est midi.
6:00 pm  → Il est dix-huit heures / six heures du soir.
6:30 pm  → Il est dix-huit heures trente / six heures et demie du soir !!! Il est dix-huit heures et demie !!!
0:00 am → Il est minuit.

Remarks :

To differentiate between am and pm, one may use a 24 hours time format, or a 12 hours time format, adding “du matin“, “de l’après-midi“, “du soir” after “heures”.
Expressions like “et quart”, “et demie”, “moins le quart”, “moins …” are used only with numbers from 1 to 11.

To ask “At what time” is something going to happen, the question is “À quelle heure… ?

Ex : – À quelle heure le train part ? – Il part à 18 h 15.
– At what time leaves the train ? – It leaves at 6 : 15 pm.

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 Exercices :

      1. http://lexiquefle.free.fr/heure.swf
      2. http://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-47162.php
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