Tuesday, 12 February 2013

At What Time Will The Match Finish?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about going to a football/ soccer game. Wanting to know when the game is due to finish, the other person says to you: "at what time will the match finish?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿A qué hora va a terminar el partido?


OUR TIP

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



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


*Notes
Please note the two typical ways of expressing the future in Spanish:
  • Va a terminar... (it is going to finish...)
  • Terminará... (it will finish...)
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 terminar el partido?

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