Monday, 11 June 2012

At What Time Do You Get Home From 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 home from 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 something like: "at what time do you get home from work?"

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

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


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to state the time you get home from work. When you state the time you get home from work at, 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 get home from work at:

  • A specific time
  • A specific time on specific days

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Llego a casa a las seis (I get home from work at six in)
  • Llego a casa a las seis de la tarde (I get home from work at six in the evening)
  • Los lunes llego a casa a las siete (on Mondays I get home from work at seven)
  • Los lunes llego a casa a las siete de la tarde (on Mondays I get home from work at seven in the evening)
  • Los viernes llego a casa a las dos (on Fridays I get home from work at two)
  • Los viernes llego a casa a las dos de la tarde (on Fridays I get home from work at two in the afternoon)
  • De lunes a viernes llego a casa a las seis (Monday to Friday I get home at six)
  • De lunes a viernes llego a casa a las seis de la tarde (Monday to Friday I get home at six in the evening)


*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 home at an unspecified time, you could just say:
  • Llego a casa por la mañana (I get home in the morning)
  • Llego a casa por la tarde (I get home in the afternoon/ in the evening)
  • Llego a casa por la noche (I get home in the evening/ at night)


Now you should practice answering the question:
¿A qué hora llegas del trabajo a casa?


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