For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 35, then please read on…
How to write the time
Graham King in The Collins Improve your Punctuation, suggests using the 12-hour clock in writing, rather than the 24-hour clock (unless required for technical reasons). If, however, you choose to write the time out in words it would be five-past eight in the morning or half-past eleven at night.
There doesn’t appear to be a fixed rule for writing the time in the 12-hour clock format. Which do you prefer from the four ways listed below?
(a) 8:05 am or 11.30 pm
(b) 8:05 p.m. or 11:30 p.m.
(c) 8.05 pm or 11.05 pm
(d) 8.05 p.m or 8.05 p.m.
Graham King recommends using a single dot between the hours and minutes and no dots between the am or pm, as in c above, whereas William Strunk and EB White in The Elements of Style suggest writing the time a little more formal as in b above.
My thoughts: I believe that consistency is key here; pick a style and stick to it. Personally, I’m going to go for 1c.
The exception: 12 o’clock
Graham King doesn’t recommended putting am or pm after 12.00, when writing in the 12 hour clock format. He suggests the following in all cases:
- 12.00 midday
- 12.00 midnight
Hope you’ve had an enjoyable day – I’ve loved every minute of it. If you read yesterday’s blog you will know that I went to The Kensington Roof Gardens last night. It was an enjoyable experience – the party was great, the gardens were smart and there was free-flowing champagne all night. Not being a lover of champagne, I thankfully didn’t have a sore head this morning, hence having an enjoyable day today!
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Graham King The Collins Improve your Punctuation, UK
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White The Elements of Style, fiftieth anniversary edition (2009), USA