Consider the following sentence:

Please indicate between what clock times the session will take place: from _____ (clock time) to _____ (clock time).

That is, the respondent is supposed to fill in, for instance, "3 p.m" and "4:30 p.m." in the slots. I realise it's not called "clock time" in English, but what do I use instead?? Will just "time" work? Or should I use "hours"? And should I use different words in the first instance compared to the latter two (for instance "hours" in the first instance, and "time" in the two latter ones)?

Added clarification:

Ok, I realise that in my attempt to create a context for my question, I was misleading. Below is what the actual, authentic text looks like:

Please fill in sessions:

Date From (”clock time”) To (”clock time”) Number of hours
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    Yes, just 'time' will work. Oct 13, 2022 at 17:27
  • What @KateBunting said. Please indicate what time the session will take place: Ignore the fact that you're asking for two times (start and end), UNLESS the form allows for multiple different "start-end time" value pairs to be entered (there's more than one session per day, and/or the times differ depending on day of the week, etc.). Oct 13, 2022 at 17:51
  • @FumbleFingers Yes, there are multiple choices etc – a bit hard to explain; what it all comes down to is that I need to say it exactly the way it is in my OP...
    – Helen
    Oct 13, 2022 at 17:58
  • @FumbleFingers see added clarification in my OP
    – Helen
    Oct 13, 2022 at 18:17
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    Since the respondent is expected to fill in date as well as [one or more] start+end times, the text prompt should read Please indicate what date and time (or dates and times) the session[s] will take place. Oct 13, 2022 at 18:53

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Just "time" will do. "Indicate what time the session will take place: from ______ to ______."

Or, even shorter "Indicate when the session will take place."

You don't need anything at all in the brackets. If you ask "When" the obvious answer is to give a time.

If you are worried that people won't understand, break it down

Use 24 hour clock for your answers:

Indicate the start time of the session. _______

Indicate the end time of the session. _________

And perhaps give an example.

Or in table form

Please fill in sessions:

Session Date Start time End time Length (hours)
Example 16 June 15:00 16:45 1hr 45min
  • Thank you! Thing is, I need to do it the way it is in my OP... But perhaps there just isn't a word in English that would fit??
    – Helen
    Oct 13, 2022 at 18:01
  • @Helen What do you mean "need to do it". Please explain why you need to write that way.
    – James K
    Oct 13, 2022 at 18:16
  • I've tried to clarify in my OP now :) I need to keep the format there, so I can't rephrase and do it in an entirely different way, if you see what I mean. I totally realise it's me who's not being very clear...
    – Helen
    Oct 13, 2022 at 18:19
  • Thank you, JamesK, for editing my OP!! I didn't know how to create a table... And thank you for the addition to your answer – makes perfect sense! And "Length (hours)" is obviously so much better than "Number of hours"!
    – Helen
    Oct 13, 2022 at 18:24
  • Just out of curiosity: would you say the 24 hour clock is more common than the 12 hour clock in the UK? Not that it matters in this particular context, I'm just generally curious :)
    – Helen
    Oct 13, 2022 at 19:17

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