4.3 The Abbreviations “a.m.” and “p.m.” in Khmer

In Cambodian, the abbreviation a.m. and p.m. are expressed by the time of the day. Morning “bprək”, Afternoon “roo-sial”, Evening “l’ngiach”, and Night “Yub” are used to denote what “a.m.” and “p.m.” are in English. See the examples in the table below.

a.m. and p.m. as expressed by time of day in Cambodian
a.m/p.m Time of the day Example
6:00 am/7:00 am/8:00 am/9:00 am/10:00 am/11:00 am Morning “Bprək” Maong bpram muay bprək haəy= It is 6:00 am.
12:00 pm/1:00 pm/2:00 pm/3:00 pm/4:00 pm/5:00 pm Afternoon “Roo-sial” Maong dɔp bpii roo-sial haəy= It is 12:00 pm.
6:00 pm/7:00 pm Evening “l’ngiach” Maong bpram muay l’ngiach haəy= It is 6:00 pm.
8:00 pm/9:00 pm/10:00 pm/11:00 pm/12:00 pm Night “Yub” Maong bpram bey yub haəy= It is 8:00 pm.

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