Read a Watch or a Clock

How to read a watch or a clock?

The three figures will help us to read a watch or a clock.

How to read a watch or a clock?

Hour hand indicates hours and Minute-hand indicates minutes.

In figure (i) hour-hand is indicating number 1 or just after 1. So, we read it as 1 hour. The minute hand indicates 4 divisions after the number 3, i.e., 3 x 5 + 4 = 19, or 19 divisions from 12. So we read it as 19 minutes.
The watch indicates that the time is 1 hour 19 minutes.
We may express it as 1 : 19.
We may say it is 19 minutes past 1.
At or after the number that the hour-hand indicates, the number expresses the hour.
At or after the number that the minute-hand indicates, the number multiplied by 5 and number of divisions after the number, express the minutes. If minute hand indicates 3 divisions after number 7, then minutes is 7 x 5 + 3 = 38 minutes.

In figure (ii) hour hand is between 3 and 4. So, we say it is 3 hours. The minute hand is 2 divisions after number 8. So, minute is 8 x 5 + 2 = 42 minutes.
The time is 3 hours 42 minutes.
We may write it as 3 : 42.
We may say it is 42 minutes past 3,
or, (60 - 42 = 18 minutes) 18 minutes to 4.

In figure (iii) expresses 8 : 35 or 35 minutes past 8 or, ( 60 - 35 = 25 minutes) 25 minutes to 9.
Read the time shown in these clocks.

20 minutes past 2








      20 minutes past 2
             2 : 20


25 minutes to 6








25 minutes to 6 or 35 minutes past 5
             5 : 35


Quarter past 10








Quarter past 10 or 15 minutes past 10
             10 : 15


Quarter to 5








Quarter to 5 or 45 minutes past 4
             4 : 45

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