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Say it's 5:00 PM in a city, rush hour, hard to get a taxi. What do you say:

"It's hard to get a taxi at this period/this clock/this hour"?

We can bypass it by saying "now". But what's the way to express it?

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I would say "..at this time of day." or "...at this hour."

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Also, just so you know, "this clock" can't ever be used to refer to the time in any situation. –  Kosmonaut Sep 10 '10 at 14:55
    
I agree, "...at this time" or "...at this hour" would be most appropriate. –  pkaeding Sep 10 '10 at 16:08
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