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My friends and I are in different time zones, so I'm trying to say,

We have a 10 hours time offset

Is that right for this situation ? If not, what's the right replacement of offset here ?

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Time difference seems to be adequate.

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+1 for the right replacement word although Barrie when I hear time difference I imagine that the first one is setting off 10 hours earlier before the second one. So he should use two sentences. My friends and I are in different time zones. We have 10 hour time difference. Is there something wrong of my point of view ? –  speedyGonzales Jul 11 '12 at 8:52
    
And since "hours" already implies time, you can just say "we have 10 hours difference" –  tenfour Jul 11 '12 at 8:59
    
@speedyGonzales: either a 10 hour time difference or 10 hours time difference. But I think my friend and I have a 10 hour time difference is comprehensible without further explanation. –  TimLymington Jul 11 '12 at 9:00
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@speedyGonzales: I think it will usually be apparent whether there is a plus or minus time difference. Where it isn't, you can say something like 'you're 10 hours ahead of us' or 'you're 10 hours behind us'. –  Barrie England Jul 11 '12 at 9:03
    
+1 for ahead and behine –  warl0ck Jul 11 '12 at 9:09

If I were you I would say The difference between our time zones is 10 hours.

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