Monday, 28 January 2013

At What Time Did You Arrange To Meet?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. You are talking about a past event/ activity. The event/ activity in question involved you having to get together with other people. The other person wants to know more about your arrangements for that meeting and says to you something like: "at what time did you arrange to meet?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿A qué hora quedasteis*?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A qué hora quedaron* (ustedes)?

*NB Please note that “quedar” is a Spanish action word/ verb with several English meanings. One of those meanings, a commonly used one, is to arrange a meeting/ appointment.

OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to state the time you arranged to meet other people. When stating the time at which you (together with other people) did something, you do not need to be concerned about the level of formality in the original question. Your main concern should be about saying when you arranged to meet.

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • (Quedamos) a la una menos cuarto (we arranged to meet at a quarter to one)*;
  • (Quedamos) a la una y media (we arranged to meet at a half past one)*;
  • (Quedamos) a las dos menos veinte (we arranged to meet at twenty to two)**;
  • (Quedamos) a las cinco y diez (we arranged to meet at ten past five)**;
  • (Quedamos) a las siete en punto (we arranged to meet at seven o'clock)*;


*NB Please note the difference between these expressions and telling the time expressions, such as “(es) la una menos cuarto” or “(es) la una y media”.

**NB Please note the difference between these expressions and telling the time expressions, such as “(son) las dos menos veinte” or “(son) las siete en punto”.

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A qué hora quedasteis?

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