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All About the TimeAs I stated a few weeks ago. I am going back to the basics on AP style with HMA’s #TipForTuesday. The first AP style blog was on the use of first annual (a big no-no) and the second blog was on the proper way to use titles.

This week is all about the correct use of time.   

There are quite a few “rules” when it comes to how to properly use times.  Some of the major rules include:

1)      Using figures except for noon and midnight

2)      Use a colon to separate hours from minutes, example 11:30 a.m.

3)      Use a.m. or p.m. to indicate time of day and avoid redundancies such as 6 a.m. in the morning or 10 p.m. at night

4)      Do not use :00 after a time that does not have minutes associated with it, example 2:00 p.m.

Below are some examples of how to correctly and incorrectly use times (Please pay attention to spacing and punctuation).


Correct: 2 p.m.

Incorrect: 2:00 p.m. (do not use :00 after a number that does not have minutes)

Incorrect: 2 P.M. (do not capitalize)

Incorrect: 2p.m. (add a space between the number and a.m. or p.m.)

Incorrect: 2pm (add a space between the number and a.m. or p.m. and periods are needed)

Incorrect 2:00p.m. (spacing errir and do not use :00 after a number that does not have minutes)

Correct: 2-5 p.m.

Incorrect: 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. (when both times are a.m. or p.m. only use indicator one time)

Correct: noon and midnight

Incorrect: 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Incorrect: 12 p.m.

Incorrect: 12 noon

What are the biggest mistakes that you see when it comes to properly using times?

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