Wednesday, 14 November 2012

What Time Is It?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. You have been talking for a little while. At some point, the other person becomes concerned about something and says to you something like: "what time is it?"

In Spanish, the other person would more likely say:
¿Qué hora es?


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to state the current time. Your answer will depend on what time it is. So you look at your watch/ a clock and tailor you reply to the time you see.

Here are some examples of how you could reply (each example corresponds to a specific time):
  • Es la una en punto (it is one o'clock);
  • Es la una menos cuarto (it is a quarter to one);
  • Es la una y veinte (it is twenty past one);
  • Son las cinco en punto (it is five o'clock);
  • Son las cinco menos diez (it is ten to five);
  • Son las cinco y media (it is half past five);

Alternatively, if you don't know what time it is, you could say:
  • Lo siento, no sé que hora es (I am sorry, I don't know what time it is);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Qué hora es?

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