Monday, 13 August 2012

At What Time Do You Arrive In Madrid?


This post deals with time in general, and more specifically with the time, at which you are due to arrive somewhere.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague about a trip you are making to Madrid. The other person doesn't know when you are due in Madrid and says to you: "at what time do you arrive in Madrid?"

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

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


The question is an invitation for you to state the time of your arrival in Madrid. Your reply should depend only on whether you:

  • Know at what time you are due to arrive
  • Don't know when you will arrive

Here are a couple of examples of how you could reply:
  • Llego a la una y cinco (I arrive at 1:05)
  • No sé a qué hora llego (I don't know when I arrive arrive)


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 llegas a Madrid?

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