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20 January 2014 @ 02:06 pm
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When you write a time, how do you write it? Because I have tried the following:

3.22 am
3.22 a.m.

and I don't really like any of them. I think the final one is technically correct, but it looks wrong having those full stops floating around in the middle of a sentence. Oh, and 3.22 or 3:22?

Yes, I am being very cruel to my characters, getting them out of bed at this hour. The full sentence is: I know I must have drifted off in the end, because at 3.22 a.m. the bat-phone woke me up with its musical-jackhammer impression right beside my ear. Is this one of those problems where the best solution is to write it out in words instead of numbers?

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joycependlejoycependle on January 20th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Perhaps 0322 - it's what I use because of the clock and the TV set-op box.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on January 20th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Ha, another way to dodge the problem! I like it.
Her Hamsternesshamsterwoman on January 20th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
3:22 with the colon for me (3.22 just looks like a decimal to me, not time... -- I did not realize time could be written that way, actually, a both Russia and the US use the colon) and "a.m.". I usually want to get rid of the stops in "p.m." even though I know they should be there, but "am" look too much like the am in "I am" without them.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on January 20th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's weird how much worse am looks than pm without the stops.

Apparently 3.22 vs 3:22 is a UK/US thing, which I didn't know. I feel like a clock if I write 3:22.
Trobadora: wordstrobadora on January 20th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm like you with the full stops - I don't care if it's correct, I don't like it and so I won't write it (except in official documents or whatever). *g*

Personally I'd write 3:22am.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on January 20th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
That's what I wrote in my first draft as I went, and then I was going back today and editing that bit and I corrected it three times to different options and didn't like any of them, so I thought I'd ask around a bit. And everyone except me seems to go for a colon in the time, huh.
Trobadora: wordstrobadora on January 20th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
I don't even know why I write it with the colon - the full stop is common in both German and British English after all. Maybe my subconscious is imitating a clock?
katyhasclogs: Clogkatyhasclogs on January 21st, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Personally, I find 3.22 am looks and feels the most natural, but I don't claim to actually have any real knowledge about what it ought to be...