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Telling the time

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¿Qué hora es?

To ask the time in Spanish, we use the phrase '¿Qué hora es?', which translated literally asks what hour is it.

To say that it is one o'clock, use the reply

Es la una.

We use the singular form of 'is', because we are saying it is the first hour. For subsequent hours (2 o'clock, 3 o'clock, etc. ) we use the plural form - son.

To say that it is two o'clock, use the reply

Son las dos.

To say that it is three o'clock, use the reply

Son las tres.

and so on for every hour, using the numbers one to twelve that we learnt earlier.

If you'd like to be more specific, and say that a time is in the morning, or that it is in the afternoon/evening, you can add the following expressions:-

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de la mañana (in the morning)

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de la madrugada (in the wee hours of the morning)

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de la tarde (in the afternoon)

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de la noche (in the evening)

For example, to say seven in the morning, use

Son las siete de la mañana.

Questions

¿Qué hora es? Say what the time is in Spanish, based on the specified numerical time.

1. ¿Qué hora es?  (4 pm)

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2. ¿Qué hora es?  (9 am)

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3. ¿Qué hora es?  (11 am)

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4. ¿Qué hora es?  (1 pm)

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5. ¿Qué hora es?  (2 am)

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Of course, very seldom does the time fall exactly on the hour. In the next part of this lesson, you'll learn how to say it is quarter past, quarter to, half past, and the actual minute.

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