Thursday, 16 August 2012

At What Time Do You Leave New York?


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


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague about the return leg of a trip you are making to New York. The other person doesn't know at what time you are due to leave and says to you: "at what time do you leave New York?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿A qué hora sales de Nueva York?

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


The question is an invitation for you to state the time of your departure from New York. Your reply should depend only on whether you:

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

Here are a couple of examples of how you could reply:
  • Salgo a la una y veinticinco (I leave at 1:25)
  • No sé a qué hora salgo (I don't know when I leave)


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 sales de Nueva York?

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