How to Tell Time 23:58 (Hours, Minutes) in American and British English? Civil, Military and Casual Time to Words.

Writing and saying the time 23:58 in American English words?

Civil time: two minutes [of | till | until | before | to] twelve at night.

[ | ] Either could be used.

The minutes... The number of minutes is said first then the hours. An hour is 60 minutes. We have here more than 30 minutes (more than half an hour) so time is closer to the next hour and in this case we'll have to say the number of minutes remaining till the next hour instead. Subtract our number of minutes from 60: 60 - 58 = 2.

The hours... Civil time day is divided into two 12-hour periods beginning alternately at 12 at midnight and at 12 at noon. How many hours do we have here? Since the number of hours we have is more than 12 (more than a 12-hour period) subtract 12 from our number of hours: 23 - 12 = 11. Add 1 extra hour to the number of hours since we have more than 30 minutes (more than half an hour), time being closer to the next hour: 11 + 1 = 12.


Military time: 2358 hours = twenty-three fifty-eight hours.

Day is made up of a single 24-hour period beginning at midnight.

No semicolon between numeric hours and minutes.


Casual: eleven fifty-eight [p.m. | at night].

[ | ] Either could be used.

p.m. = post meridiem (after the noon).

23:57 = ? ... 23:59 = ?

Writing and saying the time 23:58 in British English words

Civil time: two minutes to twelve at night.

Casual: eleven fifty-eight [p.m. | at night].

[ | ] Either could be used.

p.m. = post meridiem (after the noon).

23:57 = ? ... 23:59 = ?

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Telling (the) Time: How to Say and Write the Time in American and British English. Civil, Military and Casual Time to Words

Getting Started:

  • One hour (1h) is 60 minutes, and one day is 24 hours (24h).
  • In order to read the time, one day can be divided into two 12-hour (12h) periods, both for analog clocks, with hands and digital clocks, or in a single 24-hour (24h) period in the case of digital clocks.
  • The electronic clocks show the time such as: "hh:mm ss", where hh represent the hours, mm represent the minutes and ss the seconds. The electronic clocks can use the two 12-hour (12h) periods or the 24-hour (24h) period time representation (time keeping system).
  • In the case of 24h system the time runs continuously between 00:00 (at midnight), it passes by the 12:00 (at noon) to almost reach again the midnight at one minute before zero, at 23:59.
  • In the case of 12h time system the midnight is 12:00 a.m. while the noon is 12 p.m.
  • The equivalent of the 24-hour system 11:00 hours in the 12-hour system is 11:00 a.m. (the same). The equivalent of 13:00 hours is 01:00 p.m. (subtract 12 from 13).
  • a.m. = ante meridiem (morning, before noon).
  • p.m. = post meridiem (after the noon).

Time in Digital Format:

  • Day is divided into two 12-hour periods beginning alternately at midnight and noon, in the case of the electronic watches that display the time in the 12h system, or in a single period of 24-hour, in the case of the watches that display the time in the 24 system.
  • a.m. = ante meridiem (morning, before noon).
  • p.m. = post meridiem (after the noon).
  • When telling time the hours are said first then the minutes.
  • In the digital format, when the minutes are said, they always indicate how many minutes have passed over the current hour.

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Civil Time (Using the 12-hour System Time):

  • Day is divided into two 12-hour periods beginning alternately at 12 at midnight and at 12 at noon.
  • When telling time the number of minutes is said first then the hours.
  • When the minutes are said they either indicate how many minutes have passed over the current hour, or how many minutes are there up to the next hour. If more than 30 minutes have passed over the current hour, the minutes will indicate the number of minutes remaining until the next hour, otherwise they'll indicate the number of minutes that have passed over the current hour.

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Military Time (using the 24-hour system time):

  • The 12 hour system could create an unnecessary source of errors (as to which of the two iterations of a given hour is occurring in the 12-hour system) in areas where errors are not acceptable, ie. military, police, medical, emergency services. The Military Time is even used by individuals who live and work in polar environments (where a polar day could last for several months).
  • In the Military Time, the day is made up of a single 24-hour period beginning at 00:00 midnight. Each hour in the day is unique and cannot be confused with any other.
  • There are no semicolon between the numeric hours and minutes, ie. instead of 19:55 Civil Time you must write 1955 Military Time.

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Casual Time (using the 12-hour system time):

  • This is the digital time in the 12h system. See the paragraph above. But instead of a.m. or p.m. one could also say "in the morning", or "in the afternoon", or "in the evening", or "at night"...