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Becky: Top 25 English Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 17 “What time is it?”
In each lesson of this 25-part series, you'll encounter a common question that English learners come across, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases works by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “What time is it?”
Eric: “What time is it?”
Becky: The first word in the question is
Eric: “what”
Becky: This is a question word used to ask for more information.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “what”
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: “what”
{Pause}
Becky: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Eric: “time”
Becky: meaning “a moment, hour, day or year.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “time”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “time”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: “what time”
{pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: “is”
Becky: meaning “to exist.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “is”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “is”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Eric: “What time is”
{pause}
Becky: And after that is
Eric: “it”
Becky: This a pronoun for objects or things of indeterminate gender.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “it”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “it”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: “What time is it?”
{pause}
Becky: You’ll hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What time is it?”
Eric: “It's twelve o'clock.”
Becky: "It's twelve o'clock.” You’ll hear it again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) “It's twelve o'clock.”
{pause}
Becky: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Eric: “it’s”
Becky: the contraction of "it is.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “it’s”
Becky: Now repeat
Eric: “it’s”
{Pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: “twelve”
Becky: This is a number that is equal to ten plus two.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “twelve”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “twelve”
{Pause}
Becky: Next is
Eric: “o’clock.”
Becky: This is a phrase used to specify the hour.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “o’clock.”
Becky:Now repeat.
Eric: “o’clock.”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the speaker say “It's twelve o'clock” and then repeat.
Eric: “It's twelve o'clock.”
{pause}Becky: To make another phrase, replace “twelve” with “three.”
Eric: “three”
Becky: This is a number that is equal to one plus two.
Eric: (slow) “three” (regular) “three”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “three.”
Eric: “It's three o'clock.”
Becky: It’s almost the same. Just replace “twelve” with “three.” Say “It's three o'clock.”
{pause}
Eric: “It's three o'clock.”
Becky: For more practice, replace “three” with “five.”
Eric: “five”
Becky: This is a number that is equal to two plus three.
Eric: (slow) “five” (regular) “five”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “five.”
Eric: “It's five o'clock.”
Becky: Here we just replace “three” with “five.” Now say “It's five o'clock.”
{pause}
Eric: “It's five o'clock.”
Becky: To use a different phrase, replace “five” with “four.”
Eric: “four”
Becky: This is a number that is equal to two plus two.
Eric: (slow) “four” (regular) “four”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “ “four.”
Eric: “It's four o'clock.”
Becky: It’s almost the same, just replace “five” with “four.” Let’s practice. Say “It's four o'clock.”
{pause}
Eric: “It's four o'clock.”
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting the United States and someone asks you what time it is. It's twelve o'clock. What would you say?
Eric: What time is it? (five seconds) “It’s twelve o’clock.”
Becky: Now imagine it's three. Respond to the question.
Eric: What time is it? (five seconds) “It’s three o’clock.”
Becky: Imagine it's five. Answer the speaker's question.
Eric: What time is it? (five seconds) “It’s five o’clock.”
Becky: Imagine it's four. What would you say?
Eric: What time is it? (five seconds) “It’s four o’clock.”
Becky: Now you want to ask someone what time it is. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: “What time is it?”
{pause}
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 17.

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It's eight o'clock.

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In London it's 10 minutes past eight pm

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What time is it?

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It is eight thought ten minutes

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