Saturday, 9 February 2013

At What Time Will The Film Start?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the future in general, and more specifically with stating the time at which something will start.





SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about going to the pictures/ cinema. Wanting to know when the film is due to start, the other person says to you: "at what time will the film start?"

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


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say at what time the film will start. Just make sure that you use the right time expression*.



Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Va a empezar a la una y media (it is going to start at a half past one)
  • Empezará a la una y media (it will start at a half past one)
  • Va a empezar a las cinco y diez (it is going to start at ten past five)
  • Empezará a las cinco y diez (it will start at ten past five)
  • Va a empezar a las siete en punto (it is going to start at seven o'clock)
  • Empezará a las siete en punto (it will start at seven o'clock)
  • Noa qué hora va a empezar (I don't know at what time it is going to start)
  • No sé a qué hora empezará (I don't know at what time it will start)


*Notes
Please note the two typical ways of expressing the future in Spanish:
  • Va a empezar... (it is going to start...)
  • Empezará... (it will start...)
Please note also 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 va a empezar la película?

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