English Time Announcements

an open sign hanging on the door of a business establishment

In English, time to the hour is written with the expression o’clock. Time to the minute (as in five thirty) does not include the expression o’clock; 1:20 = one fifteen and 4:00 = four o’clock. Use these terms as you talk with other people about these common store opening hours. Below are real-life examples of different locations’ opening hours. Use them to practice a conversation.

Example Conversation

Customer: Hello. When is the library open?

Librarian: We open at nine o’clock in the morning and close at nine in the evening, from Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, we’re open from 10 A.M to 5 P.M.

Customer: I see. Thank you.

Example Opening Times

Los Angeles Public Library Library to Go Service

Los Angeles County Library Hold Pickup Service

Santa Monica CVS Pharmacy

Movie Theater- AMC Santa Monica 7

Beverly Hills Starbucks

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