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Lioche
Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 2:57:09 AM
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Good morning,

I was wondering whether the following sentences are correct: 1) I met him at 2 in the morning. 2) I met him at 2 at night.
+ Does it sound natural to say "I met him at 2 am."
I would like to translate "Je l'ai rencontré à 2 heures du matin."
Is there something like "2 heures du mat" in English?
Thanks for your help

leonAzul
Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 6:49:22 AM

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Lioche wrote:
Good morning,

I was wondering whether the following sentences are correct: 1) I met him at 2 in the morning. 2) I met him at 2 at night.
+ Does it sound natural to say "I met him at 2 am."
I would like to translate "Je l'ai rencontré à 2 heures du matin."
Is there something like "2 heures du mat" in English?
Thanks for your help



These all correctly express how English is spoken. Some people are more particular about how it is written, but that is a matter of style and taste rather than a hard and fast rule.

To be clear, the best way to write an expression of time is in the form '2:00 AM' (early morning) or '2:00 PM' (afternoon). Older style guides would recommend '2:00 A.M.' or even '2:00 A. M.' Those who think in multiple time zones would make the distinction between '02:00' and '14:00'.


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anton exobio
Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 9:09:02 AM

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Location: Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France
Lioche wrote:
Good morning,

I was wondering whether the following sentences are correct: 1) I met him at 2 in the morning. 2) I met him at 2 at night.
+ Does it sound natural to say "I met him at 2 am."
I would like to translate "Je l'ai rencontré à 2 heures du matin."
Is there something like "2 heures du mat" in English?
Thanks for your help



Bonjour,

Je suis né en France et j'y vis.

Selon moi, "Je l'ai rencontré à 2 heures du matin" = "I met him at 2 in the morning". Ça sonne naturellement bien pour moi (au lieu de 'in the night'.)

'a.m.' est une abréviation, tout comme 'mat'' donc, selon moi:
"Je l'ai rencontré à 2 heures du mat'" = "I met him at 2 a.m.".

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