Thursday, 10 January 2013

At What Time Did The Film Start?


This post deals with talking about the past in general, and more specifically with stating the time at which something started.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about what you did yesterday, when you went to the pictures. At some point, the other person says: "at what time did the film start?"

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


Answering is quite straightforward. Just make sure that you use the right time expression*.

Here are some examples of how you could reply:

  • Empezó a la una y media (it started at a half past one)
  • Empezó a las cinco y diez (it started at ten past five)
  • Empezó a las siete en punto (it started at seven o'clock)
  • Noa qué hora empezó (I don't know at what time it started)

* 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)
  • Son las dos y veinte (it is twenty minutes past two)
  • No sé qué hora es (I don't know what time it is)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A qué hora empezó la película?

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