# Time in Hours and Minutes

Measuring the time in hours, minutes and seconds are discussed here to read out the following figures of clock/watch.

How to read time in hours and minutes?

The clock which has 3 hands on its face shows the time in hours, minutes and seconds. The hour hand shows the hours, the minute hand shows the minutes and the second hand shows the seconds.

There are 12 big divisions marked on a clock. The big divisions have five small divisions each. The small division stands for one minute. When the minute hand moves from one big division to the next, 5 minutes have passed.

When the minute hand moves from one small division to the next, 1 minute has passed.

To read the time, first look at the hour-hand. It is between 4 and 5, so it is after 4 o' clock. To find the minutes skip count by 5’s from 12 to 8 (40).

Then count by ones till you reach the minute-hand (42).

The time is 4 : 42. Hour hand is at 2 Minute hand is at 1,So, time is 2 hours 5 minutes2 : 05 40 minutes past 420 minutes to 54 : 40 55 minutes past 35 minutes to 4,3 hours 55 minutes3 : 55 36 minutes past 2,24 minutes to 32 : 36 Hour hand at 6Minute hand at 126 hours 0 minute6 : 00 Hour hand is between 4 and 5Minute hand is at 8 x 5 + 242 minutes past 418 minutes to 54 : 42 52 minutes past 408 minutes to 54 : 52 Hour hand is at 11Minute hand at 1211 : 00 48 minutes past 712 minutes to 87 : 48 52 minutes past 808 minutes to 98 : 52

This watch/clock will help us to read out the time in hours and minutes.

Suppose, if it is 30 minutes past 6 we write it as half past 6 or half to 7.

If it is 45 minutes past 8 we write it as quarter to 9.

We write 10 : 15 as quarter past 10

Let us look at the clock for measuring the time in hours, minutes and seconds. Its hour hand is between 1 and 2 which shows that the time is between 1 o’ clock and 2 o’ clock. Its minute hand is at 4 which shows 4 × 5 = 20 minutes. Its second hand is at 3 which shows 3 × 5 = 15 seconds. So, the clock shows the time 1 hour 20 minutes and 15 seconds.

For example, let us look at the clock and express the time in hours, minutes and seconds.

The hour hand of the clock is between 11 and 12 which shows that the time is between 11 o’ clock and 12 o’ clock. The minute hand is at 8 which shows 8 × 5 = 40 minutes.

The second hand is at 1 which shows 1 × 5 = 5 seconds. So, the clock shows the time 11 hours 40 minutes and 5 seconds.

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