Time - Word Problems

1. Frida wrote two essays one after the other.
She wrote the first essay in 2 h 30 min and the second essay in 1 h 15 min.
She finished writing the essays at 6.15 p.m.
At what time did she start writing the essays?

    2 h 30 min  +  1 h 15 min
=  3 h 45 min
She spent 3 h 45 min writing the two essays.

2-step word problem time
She started writing the two essays at 2.30 p.m.

2. Express trains arrive at Station A every 4 hours, 4 times a day.
The first express train for the day arrived at 6.15 a.m.
At what time will the last express train for the day arrive at the station?

4 h × 3 = 12 h

The last express train for the day will arrive 12 hours later.

The last express train for the day will arrive at 6.15 p.m.

3. Lily's clock is 5 minutes fast.
Tariq's clock is 10 minutes slow.
What is the time shown on Tariq's clock?

2-step word problem time
The time shown on Lily's clock is 10.25.
Lily's clock is 5 minutes ahead of the actual time.
2-step word problem time
So, the actual time is 10.20.


Tariq's clock is 10 minutes behind the actual time.
2-step word problem time
So, the time shown on Tariq's clock is 10.10.

4. Fernando went to a sports complex.
He spent 2 h 30 min ice skating.
Then he spent another 50 minutes bowling.
He finished bowling at 5.10 p.m.
At what time did he start ice skating?

    2 h 30 min  +  50 min
=  3 h 20 min
He spent 3 h 20 min ice skating and bowling.

2-step word problem time
He started ice skating at 1.50 p.m.

5. Jaden works as a gymnastics trainer.
He is paid $40 an hour.
The chart below shows the number of hours he spends working a week.
How much does Jaden earn in a week?

2-step word problem time
0 h + 1 h + 1 h + 3 h + 0 h + 1 h + 3 h
= 9 h
Jaden works 9 hours in a week.

1 hour  −>  $40
9 hours  −>  9 × $40  =  $360

Jaden earns $360 in a week.