am vs pm : Common Errors in English

About am vs pm

“AM” stands for the Latin phrase Ante Meridiem —which means “before noon”—and “PM” stands for Post Meridiem : “after noon.” Although digital clocks routinely label noon “12:00 PM” you should avoid this expression not only because it is incorrect, but because many people will imagine you are talking about midnight instead. The same goes for “12:00 AM.” You can say or write “twelve noon,” “noon sharp,” or “exactly at noon” when you want designate a precise time.It is now rare to see periods placed after these abbreviations: “A.M.”; but in formal writing it is still preferable to capitalize them, though the lower-case “am” and “pm” are now so popular they are not likely to get you into trouble.Occasionally computer programs encourage you to write “AM” and “PM” without a space before them, but others will misread your data if you omit the space. The nonstandard habit of omitting the space is spreading rapidly, and should be avoided in formal writing.

am Meaning(s)

  • (n) modulation of the amplitude of the (radio) carrier wave
  • (n) a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element
  • (v) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  • (v) be identical to; be someone or something
  • (v) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  • (v) have an existence, be extant
  • (v) happen, occur, take place
  • (v) be identical or equivalent to
  • (v) form or compose
  • (v) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
  • (v) represent, as of a character on stage
  • (v) spend or use time
  • (v) have life, be alive
  • (v) to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
  • (v) be priced at
  • (n) a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms
  • (n) a master's degree in arts and sciences

pm Meaning(s)

  • (n) an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  • (n) a soft silvery metallic element of the rare earth group having no stable isotope; was discovered in radioactive form as a fission product of uranium
  • (n) the person who holds the position of head of the government in the United Kingdom
  • (n) modulation of the phase of the carrier wave

am in News

  1. 26th Annual Safeway Foundation Pro-Am Benefiting Easter Seals Has Record-Setting Year

    The 26th Annual Safeway Foundation Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament benefiting Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA was the highest grossing tournament in the event’s history. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. The 1st Annual I Am Ready Youth Conference Inspires 'Change Through Culture'

    The 1st annual I Am Ready Youth Conference took place over the weekend, inspiring change through culture.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Vibe Magazine

  3. AM General's BRV-O™ JLTV Rolls Down Production Line and Into Key Government Testing

    SOUTH BEND, Ind., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AM General's Light Tactical Vehicle Assembly Line (LTVAL) is full of activity as the company's Blast Resistant Vehicle™ - Off road (BRV-O™) steadily moves ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

pm in News

  1. Turkish PM to meet Istanbul park protesters

    Turkish PM to meet Istanbul park protesters Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 6:34 am, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police and protesters retrenched Wednesday after punishing overnight clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square — an uncertain hiatus before ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Beaumont Enterprise

  2. Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 12

    June 12 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Wednesday: - - - - The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427 - - - - National Football League In Russ they Trust: Wilson showing mastery of system RENTON, Wash. - Asked about the possibility of Russell Wilson suffering a setback in his second season, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says his quarterback is up to the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Zimbabwe PM Won't Agree to July Elections

    Zimbabwe PM says he won't agree to July polls, warns Mugabe against going it alone        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ABC News

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