In this article we will discuss several aspects of talking about time in English which includes:
- How to ask for the time.
- How to give an answer to someone asking for the time.
ถามเกี่ยวกับเวลา Asking for the Time
There are several ways to tell the time in English. Take a look at the 2 main sentences which are used most often below:
However, there are a few other ways which you may hear that you need to be aware of:
Excuse me and sorry can be used before asking a person the time to make them aware that you are asking them something and to be polite.
ตอบคำถามเกี่ยวกับเวลา Answering What Time is It
In order to answer what time it is, you need to know what the time actually is. If you don't have the time or if you want to avoid further discussion, say if the person asking was a stranger than you can simply say, 'I'm sorry, I don't have the time'.
If you do have the time and want to respond to help the person asking out, then you can choose one of the following:
Further information on this and being able to tell the time is discussed in the article 'Telling the Time'.
In summary, just use ‘What time is it?’ and ‘It is _____’ or say ‘I don’t have the time’. in reply. These are the phrases I use and my friends use every day.
Remember to always simplify the time unless you are synchronising watches!