StyleTranslation_Tips

Noon and Midnight

AP Style prefers using figures except for noon and midnight. In other words, we must use noon and midnight to refer to 12 a.m. and 24 p.m., respectively.

We can also use the 24-hour clock to avoid confusing our readers. On the other hand, since the 24-hour clock is used in military and scientific contexts in the United States and Dragoman prefers U.S. English, we should be using the 12-hour notation.

Incorrect:   The lecture scheduled to begin at 12 a.m. has just been brought forward to 9:30 a.m.

Correct:     The lecture  scheduled to begin at noon has just been brought forward to 9:30 a.m.

Incorrect:   She promised her godmother to leave the ball before 24 p.m.; and then drove away, scarcely able to contain herself for joy.

Correct:      She promised her godmother to leave the ball before midnight; and then drove away, scarcely able to contain herself for joy.

You can further explore the topic by watching a YouTube video featuring Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. the Grammar Girl.