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*englishbaby* Feb 22nd, 2011 03:27 pm

p.m and a.m and o'clock
 
Hi everybody,

I have got 2 questions now
They are very simple but I wonder them.

1.What stands for a.m and p.m .
2. What constraction " o" in o'clock is ? on clock? Why do we use apostrophe here ?

clevermae Feb 22nd, 2011 06:13 pm

Re: p.m and a.m and o'clock
 
A.M is Ante Meridiem, P.M. is Post Meridiem. It is a latin word that we used! I think it is the contraction of "of the clock" - O means of, o'clock.

susan53 Feb 23rd, 2011 02:13 am

Re: p.m and a.m and o'clock
 
The Latin terms mean "before noon" and "after noon". And yes, o'clock" is the contraction of the phrase of the clock which was used in Middle English


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