Friday, 31 August 2012

Is The Underground Running At That Time?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. Maybe you are planning to go out in the evening. Perhaps facing the possibility of returning home quite late, the other person is uncertain about the availability of public transport at a specific time. At some point, the other person says to you something like: "is the underground running at that time?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿A esa hora funciona el metro?


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not the underground will be in operation at a specific time. Your reply depends on whether you want to say that you:
  • Believe the underground is working;
  • Believe the underground is not working;
  • Know the underground is working;
  • Know the underground is not working;
  • Don't know if the underground is working;

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Sí, creo que el metro funciona hasta la una y media de la mañana (yes, I believe the underground runs until 1:30AM).
  • No, creo que el metro no funciona a esa hora (no, I believe the underground is not running at that time).
  • Sí, el metro funciona hasta la una y media de la mañana (yes, the underground runs until 1:30AM).
  • No, el metro no funciona a esa hora (no, the underground is not running at that time).
  • No sé si el metro funciona a esa hora (I don't know if the underground is running at that time).


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A esa hora funciona el metro?

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