Thursday, 22 October 2015

At What Time Do You Have Breakfast?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the timings of daily activities in general, and more specifically with indicating at what time you have breakfast.




SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. Maybe you are talking about your daily habits. At some point, the other person says: "at what time do you have breakfast?"

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

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


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to state the time you have breakfast. When you state the time you have breakfast, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Perhaps what you want to say is that you have breakfast at:
  • A specific time
  • A specific time on specific days


Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Desayuno a las siete (I have breakfast at seven)
  • Los lunes desayuno a las siete y media (on Mondays I have breakfast at half past seven)
  • Los viernes desayuno a las ocho (on Fridays I have breakfast at eight)
  • De lunes a viernes desayuno a las siete (Monday to Friday I have breakfast at seven)
  • Los sábados y domingos desayuno a las diez (on Saturdays and Sundays I have breakfast at ten)


*Notes
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 (it is one o'clock)
  • Son las siete (it is seven o'clock)


Please note also that if you wanted to indicate that you have breakfast at an unspecified time in the morning, you could just say:
  • Desayuno por la mañana (I have breakfast in the morning)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿A qué hora desayunas?

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