Friday, 15 February 2013

At What Time Will The Flight Leave?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about a flight you have planned or you are both just about to catch. Wanting to know when the flight will leave, the other person says to you: "at what time will the flight leave?"

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


OUR TIP

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



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


*Notes
Please note the two typical ways of expressing the future in Spanish:
  • Va a salir... (it is going to leave...)
  • Saldrá... (it will leave...)
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 salir el vuelo?

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