Is it am or a.m.? When do I spell out hours? How do I use o’clock?
Three good questions. Here are the answers:
- Use a.m. and be consistent.
- Even, half, and quarter hours are usually spelled out in text. ( half past five, quarter to six)
- When you use o’clock, always spell out the number. ( Five o’clock, not 5 o’clock)
10.41: Abbreviations for time of day
The following abbreviations are used in text and elsewhere to indicate time of day. Though these sometimes appear in small capitals (with or without periods), Chicago prefers the lowercase form, with periods, as being the most immediately intelligible.
The abbreviations a.m. and p.m. should not be used with morning, afternoon, evening, night, or o’clock.
All answers are based on the Chicago Manual of Style Online (CMOS 17) and the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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Thanks for the clarifications on TIME. I always can learn something from Hallard Press “Question of the Week.”
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