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Wie spät ist es?

Wie spät ist es?
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As in many other languages, there are different ways of telling the time in German. Both the 12-hour clock and the 24-hour clock are used in German-speaking countries.
You are more likely to use the 24-hour clock in more formal or official situations, such as train times. Here are some examples. Note how the word Uhr goes in the middle when saying the times (but not when writing with numerals).
20:00 Uhr – Es ist zwanzig Uhr.
12:45 Uhr – Es ist zwölf Uhr fünfundvierzig.
17:10 Uhr – Mein Zug fährt um siebzehn Uhr zehn.
You are more likely to use the 12-hour clock when speaking informally. Here are some examples.
1:00 – Es ist ein Uhr.
8:00 – Es ist acht Uhr (morgens/abends).
8:05 – Es ist fünf nach acht.
8:15 – Es ist Viertel nach acht.
8:30 – Es ist halb neun. (i.e. halfway to nine o’clock)
8:45 – Meine Arbeit beginnt um Viertel vor neun.
8:55 – Um fünf vor neun trinke ich einen Kaffee.
Sprachführer
Wie viel Uhr ist es? – What is the time?
Wie spät ist es? – What is the time?
Es ist … Uhr – It is … o’clock
morgens/vormittags – in the morning
nachmittags/abends – in the afternoon/in the evening
die Uhr – clock or watch
der Wecker – alarm clock
Wann … ? – When … ?
um … Uhr – at … o’clock
As in many other languages, there are different ways of telling the time in German. Both the 12-hour clock and the 24-hour clock are used in German-speaking countries.

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