Tuesday, 5 June 2012

At What Time Do You Arrive At Work?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the timings of daily activities in general, and more specifically with indicating at what time you arrive at your work.




SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. Maybe you are talking about your daily habits. At some point, the other person says to you: "at what time do you arrive at work?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿A qué hora llegas al trabajo?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A qué hora llega (usted) al trabajo?


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to state the time you arrive at work. When you state the time you arrive at work, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Perhaps what you want to say is that you arrive at work at:

  • A specific time
  • A specific time on certain days

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Llego al trabajo a las siete (I arrive at work at seven)
  • Llego al trabajo a las siete de la mañana (I arrive at work at seven in the morning)
  • Los lunes llego al trabajo a las ocho (on Mondays I arrive at work at eight)
  • Los lunes llego al trabajo a las ocho de la mañana (on Mondays I arrive at work at eight in the morning)
  • Los viernes llego al trabajo a las dos (on Fridays I arrive at work at two)
  • Los viernes llego al trabajo a las dos de la tarde (on Fridays I arrive at work at two in the afternoon)
  • De lunes a viernes llego al trabajo a las siete (Monday to Friday I arrive at work at seven)
  • De lunes a viernes llego al trabajo a las siete de la mañana (Monday to Friday I arrive at work at seven in the morning)


*Notes
Please note the difference between the expressions of time used in these answers and typical expressions used in telling the time, such as:
  • Es la una (it is one o'clock)
  • Son las siete (it is seven o'clock)
Please note also that if you wanted to indicate that you arrive in work at an unspecified time, you could just say:
  • Llego al trabajo por la mañana (I arrive in work in the morning)
  • Llego al trabajo por la tarde (I arrive in work in the afternoon/ in the evening)
  • Llego al trabajo por la noche (I arrive in work in the evening/ at night)


Now you should practice answering the question:
¿A qué hora llegas al trabajo?

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