Saturday, 2 June 2012

At What Time Do You Leave Home For Work?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the timings of daily activities in general, and more specifically with indicating at what time you leave your home for 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: "at what time do you leave home for work?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿A qué hora sales de casa para el trabajo?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A qué hora sale (usted) de casa para el trabajo?


OUR TIP

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

  • A specific time
  • A specific time on specific days

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Salgo de casa a las siete (I leave home at seven)
  • Salgo de casa a las siete de la mañana (I leave home at seven in the morning)
  • Los lunes salgo de casa a las seis (on Mondays I leave home at six )
  • Los lunes salgo de casa a las seis de la mañana (on Mondays I leave home at six in the morning)
  • Los viernes salgo de casa a las ocho (on Fridays I leave home at eight)
  • Los viernes salgo de casa a las ocho de la mañana (on Fridays I leave home at eight in the morning)
  • De lunes a viernes salgo de casa a las siete (Monday to Friday I leave home at seven)
  • De lunes a viernes salgo de casa a las siete de la mañana (Monday to Friday I leave home 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 leave home at an unspecified time, you could just say:
  • Salgo de casa por la mañana (I leave home in the morning)
  • Salgo de casa por la tarde (I leave home in the afternoon/ in the evening)
  • Salgo de casa por la noche (I leave home in the evening/ at night)


Now you should practice answering the question:
¿A qué hora sales de casa para el trabajo?

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