Wednesday, 1 August 2012

At What Time Does The Film Start?


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


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?


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)


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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