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Telling time in French

KayB1Kwiziq community member

Telling time in French

Why is "quinze heures et quart" wrong for 3.15 pm


Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Kay,

It does say in the lesson that -

"you don't use 'et quart' , 'et demie' and 'moins le quart' with the 24 hour clock but you use quinzetrente and quarante-cinq "

so it is :

quinze heures quinze 

Bonne Continuation!

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It is just the way it is said in France - il est quinze heures quinze. It may be for phonetic or elegance reasons as per the description in the lesson, or could also reflect the fact that 24 hour time is used exclusively ('military time') in many areas where precision and lack of any ambiguity is required with time  signalling - expressing the precise minutes and only expressing them as time after the hour gives much less risk of misinterpretation in those fields.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Quinze heures is military style and quart is colloquial. Never the twain shall meet. 

Telling time in French

Why is "quinze heures et quart" wrong for 3.15 pm


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