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I've just started studying Japanese so I'm using Hiragana.
In the book it says

"It's 1 o'clock"

is

"いちじです"

in Japanese.
But if I want to use the form

"X はいちじです"

then what should "X" be?

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    Hint: what does 'it' refer to in English? – user3856370 Jul 23 at 15:39
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    I'm wondering if X could be 'いま'. – tumble Jul 23 at 15:40
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Most formally, we say:

「只今{ただいま}の時刻{じこく} + は + X時{じ}です。」

To continue roughly in the order of formality, we replace 「只今の時刻」 by:

「現在{げんざい}の時刻」

「今{いま}の時刻」

「今」

Please remember, however, that just saying 「X時です。」 is completely grammatical, normal, common, natural-sounding, etc. in Japanese.

Finally, by replacing the 「時刻{じこく}」 by 「時間{じかん}」 in the phrases above, they become slightly less formal as well.

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Japanese sometimes don't say subjects in daily conversations . In Japan , people are needed to guess what other people mean or want to say . But in fact , we think it is polite and easy to understand to say subjects .

I think that too " Xじです " ( X is a number ) is a normal expression that we usually use .

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