Wednesday, 1 August 2012

At What Time Does The Film Start?

Introduction


This post deals with time in general, and more specifically with the time, at which something, for example a film, starts.




SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague about going to the cinema. The other person doesn't know at what time the film begins and says to you: "at what time does the film start?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿A qué hora empieza la película?


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say when the film begins. Your reply depends only on whether you:


  • Know at what time the film begins
  • Don't know at what time the film begins

Here are a couple of examples of how you could reply:
  • Empieza a las cuatro y cuarto (it begins at 4:15)
  • No sé a qué hora empieza (I don't know at what time it begins)


*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 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 empieza la película?

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