Is noon 12 or 12 p.m.

Re: time problems

Contribution from Keswick »

Hi,

Let's see if we can unravel the confusion, because with AM and PM almost everyone has to struggle somehow

00:00 (or midnight as it used to be called) is 12:00 PM = midnight when the new day begins.
Then AM continues until noon:
01:00 = 1:00 a.m.
02:00 = 2:00 a.m.
03:00 = 3:00 a.m.
04:00 = 4:00 a.m.
05:00 = 5:00 a.m.
06:00 = 6:00 a.m.
07:00 = 7:00 a.m.
08:00 = 8:00 a.m.
09:00 = 9:00 a.m.
10:00 = 10:00 a.m.
11:00 = 11:00 a.m.

12:00 noon is 12:00 AM noon

Then AM continues until midnight:
13:00 = 1:00 p.m.
14:00 = 2:00 p.m.
15:00 = 3:00 p.m.
16:00 = 4:00 p.m.
17:00 = 5:00 p.m.
18:00 = 6:00 p.m.
19:00 = 7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. = 8:00 p.m.
21:00 = 9:00 p.m.
22:00 = 10:00 p.m.
23:00 = 11:00 p.m.
Midnight is then again at 12:00 am.

AM stands for ante meridiem which means "before noon". All hours between midnight and noon are BEFORE 12 noon.

PM stands for post meridiem which we mean "after noon". All hours between 12 noon and midnight are AFTER 12 noon.

Does that help a little?

LG
Keswick
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