The French phrase "Il est quelle heure"

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French to English

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?


  • Il est → It is
  • Quelle → What
  • Heure → Hour

It’s the common and neutral way to ask someone “What time is it?“. Even if, variations such as “Quelle heure est-il ?” and “Quelle heure il est ?” works too and are frequently used, so don’t be surprised if you hear them!

Don’t hesitate to check the “Synonyms” section below for more variations (familiar, formal, plural…)

How to use it

In case you want to ask someone the time in French, simply use: “Il est quelle heure ?” and they will tell you the time. 

If you want to be more polite, you use instead: “Il est quelle heure s’il te plaît ?” (What time is it please?). Or even “Il est quelle heure s’il vous plaît ?” which is even more formal and also works if you are asking a group of people.

Pro tips: “S’il te plaît” is long and complicated for beginners sometimes, so if you are texting: you can use the short version “stp” instead. ( S-‘il T-e P-lait)


  • Quelle heure est-il ? (“What time is it?“)
  • Quelle heure il est ? (“What time is it?“)
  • C’est quelle heure ? (“What time is it?“)(Familiar)
  • Il est combien ? (“What time is it?“)(Familiar)
  • Pouvez-vous me donner l’heure s’il vous plaît ? (“Can you tell what time it is please?“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Tu peux me donner l’heure s’il te plaît ? (“Can you tell what time it is please?“)

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Il est quelle heure ? “
” What time is it? “
” Il est cinq heure et demi “
” It’s half past five “
” Je vous remercie “
” Thank you “
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