Monday, 7 January 2013

At What Time Did You Leave The Office?


This post deals with talking about the past in general, and more specifically with stating the time at which you left somewhere.


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

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

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A qué hora salió (usted) del despacho?


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

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Salí a la una y media (I left at a half past one)
  • Salí a las cinco y diez (I left at ten past five)
  • Salí a las siete en punto (I left at seven o'clock)
  • Noa qué hora salí (I don't know at what time I left)

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 saliste del despacho?

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