Some notes:

The text in pink means it’s the most used of the two versions

I minuti:

• When ‘hour’ E ‘minutes’ it means - ‘minutes’ PAST 'hour'
ex. sono le tre venti - it’s twenty past three

• When ‘hour’ MENO ‘minutes’ it means - ‘minutes’ TO ‘hour’
ex. sono le tre meno venti  - it’s twenty to three

• Unlike english ‘In punto’ (o’clock/sharp) is rarely used but not uncommon

• ‘E mezza' becomes 'E mezzo' after 'mezzogiorno' (noon)

• In italy we use the 24hr system however, when speaking, we hardly ever say ‘le ventidue’ we rather say ‘le dieci’.

•Before saying the time you sai “Sono” unless it is “l’una, mezzogiorno or mezzanotte” in which case you use “è”
ex. é l’una (it’s one o’clock)
      sono le due (it’s two o’clock)
      è mezzanotte e mezza (it’s half past midnight)
      sono le quattro meno un quarto (it’s a quarter to four)

Useful words:

- Mezzanotte = Midnight
- Mezzogiorno = Noon
- (del) Pomeriggio = (in the) Afternoon
- (di) Sera = (in the) Evening
- (di) Mattina = (in the) Morning

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