現在の時刻は?

English Translation

What time is it now?

Is this a common way of asking for the time?
As compared with 今何時(ですか)?

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@ericaw
現在の時刻は? sounds natural but cannot be used in a daily conversation. You can use 現在の時刻は? in the following situations:

  • A senior ranking officer is asking the present time during a military operation. “What time is it? And what’s the ETA?”
  • A bomb disposal expert is asking the remaining time. “What time is it? How much do we have?”

現在の時刻は? sounds very serious and time-sensitive.

今何時(ですか)? as you proposed is a more general way to ask for the time.

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