Sunday, 29 July 2012

At What Time Do Banks Close?


This post deals with hours of business in general, and more specifically with the closing times of banks.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. The other person wants to know when banks close and says to you: "at what time do banks close?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿A qué hora cierran los bancos?


The question is an invitation for you to state the time at which the banks close for business. Your answer will depend on whether or not you know the closing time for the banks. Perhaps you want to state:

  • Banks closing times
  • A specific bank's closing hours
  • That you don't know at what time banks close

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Cierran a las dos (they close at 2:00)
  • Los lunes, cierran a las dos (on Mondays, they close at 2:00)
  • De lunes a viernes, cierran a las dos (Monday to Friday, they close at 2:00)
  • El banco de la esquina cierra a las dos (the bank on the corner closes at 2:00)
  • No sé a qué hora cierran (I don't know at what time they close)


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 y media (it is half past one)
  • No sé qué hora es (I don't know what time it is)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A qué hora cierran los bancos?

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