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    How to write the time (AM, PM)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by karajmnz, Apr 28, 2013.

    I'm wanting to state the time in the middle of a sentance. Should I say 8:00 a.m. 8:00 A.M. 8:00 am or 8:00 AM

    Thanks, I feel like it should be A.M. but then it looks strange because there's a period in the middle of the sentance and the next word is not capitalized.
     
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    I've seen time written as eight o'clock, see you at eight, 8am, 8 a.m., 8 A.M.

    I would say just be consistent. And as for the full stop (period) in the middle of a sentence, that's a non sequitur. It's only abbreviating Latin.
     
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    I've just googled 'writing the time' and found this (I'm not sure how to provide links)

    4p.m. or 4P.M. both are correct

    4pm and 4 PM are incorrect - you need the full-stops/periods.
     
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    All of these and more are correct:
    US English: 08:00 A.M. / 08:00 a.m. /0800 A.M.
    British English: 0800am / 08.00 AM / 08.00AM /0800 AM
    In British English we rarely put full stops (and for e.g. Mr /Dr /Prof) and normally it is a full stop, not a colon.
     
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    What gets me is that those time examples are totally illogical - even if supposedly correct for a ms.

    0800 can only be a.m. If it was p.m., it would be 2000 (or 08:00/20:00 with or without a following h.) Therefore it should be a simple 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. - no redundant leading 0.
     
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    ^^ It can be like that. It's just that if you are giving the time digitally like that, the 0 will be there on the display anyway. Also, not every country uses the 24 hour clock, so they see 8.00 and are still not sure if it's evening or morning.
     
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    I'm an American who lives in Britain (Scotland) and I've acquired the British way of writing time. It makes sense, and doesn't need a lot of extra dots, etc.

    8.15pm

    How simple is that?
     
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    Thanks for your help everyone! I think I'm going to go with a.m. the lower case letters look better in the middle of a sentance IMO. :)
     

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