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Mar 12th, 2015, 05:59 PM
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My husband and I are having a disagreement over how something is said in French. We have been learning French and learn more and more each trip but we disagree on the following:

I say that when making a reservation for a table for two at 8 PM it is said '

Je voudrais une réservation pour une table pour 2 à 8

but he says it should be with the 24 hour clock and should be

Je voudrais une réservation pour une table pour 2 à 20:00

Which is correct ? I want to be correct when making our dinner reservations in Paris

Thanks
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Mar 12th, 2015, 06:12 PM
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Either way will be acceptable. The I only time I make a point of using the 24 hour clock is when there might be confusion , from the 12 hour clock. I would, for example, never make a booking for 6 at 8:00 p.m., that would be 20:00.
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Mar 12th, 2015, 06:16 PM
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Using the 24-hr. clock/time virtually eliminates the chance of confusion. I vote for 20:00.
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Mar 12th, 2015, 07:03 PM
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You can say either one but using the 24 hour clock is the norm. From my experience, a French person always uses that when giving you a specific time.
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Mar 12th, 2015, 07:35 PM
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24 hour clock : for "official" French : train or plane timetable, administrative language, opening time of shops, museums, etc....
12 hour clock : for everyday use.
We would say : je voudrais réserver une table pour 2 à 8 heures. It is obvious that you are not referring to 8 am. To really make sure, we would add "à 8 heures du soir".
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Mar 12th, 2015, 10:57 PM
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Vingt heures is the norm, even in most casual conversations.
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Mar 13th, 2015, 12:08 AM
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>>pour 2 à 8 <<

Might also be read as "for between 2 and 8 people" - you need the time indicator.
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Mar 13th, 2015, 02:28 AM
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he is.
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Mar 13th, 2015, 09:03 AM
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Est-ce que vous pourriez me réserver une table pour 2 personnes pour ce/demain/dimanche... soir à huit heures?
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Mar 13th, 2015, 09:34 AM
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I think its also worth remembering it's a conversation and you don't need to learn/recite the whole thing in a oner

For example.

Peux-je reserver un table svp?

Oui, a quelle heure/jour etc etc

Ce soir, huit heures

Combien de personnes?

Deux personnes.

Merci etc etc
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Mar 13th, 2015, 12:15 PM
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That's how 80 year old people talk, because they have not all adapted to modern timekeeping.
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