Ask for the time in Spanish

What's the time? - ask and reply

Always ask for the time in singular:

¿Qué hora es? (What's the time?)

Always answer in plural:

E.g. Son las dos. (It's two o'clock.)


At what hour? - ask and reply

If you inquire about when an event takes place:

¿A qué hora empieza? (At what hour does it start?)
¿A qué hora vas a levantar? (At what hour will you get up?)

The answer to such a question begins with: A la/las...

For example
A la una. (At one.)
A las cinco. (At five.)

The time now?

When you want to tell the time:

1.00 / 13.00Es la una. / Es la una en punto.It's one (o'clock). / It's exactly one.
1.05 / 13.05Es la una y cinco.Five past one.
2.10 / 14.10Son las dos y diez.Ten past two.
3.15 / 15.15Son las tres y cuarto.A quarter past three. (3 and a quarter)
4.20 / 16.20Son las cuatro y veinte.Four twenty.
5.25 / 17.25Son las cinco y veinticinco.Five twenty-five.
6.30 / 18.30Son las seis y media.Half past six. (6 and a half)
7.35 / 19.35Son las ocho menos veinticinco.Twenty-five to eight.
8.40 / 20.40Son las nueve menos veinte.Twenty to nine.
9.45 / 21.45Son las diez menos cuarto.A quarter to ten. (10 minus a quarter)
10.50 / 22.50Son las once menos diez.Ten to eleven.
11.55 / 23.55Son las doce menos cinco.Five to twelve.
12.00 / 24.00Son las doce./Son las doce en punto.It's twelve. / It's exactly twelve.
Es mediodía. / Es medianoche.It's noon / It's midnight

In Spanish, time is expressed from the next hour backwards after passing the thirty-minute mark, only not by indicating time till the hour as in English but by detracting from the hour.

Time referred to using time of day

When you refer to time as within a certain time of day, you will use the word de to indicate the possessive:

Las tres de la mañana. (3.00)Three in the morning / Three AM. (Literally: Three of the morning)
Las cinco de la tarde. (17.00)Five in the afternoon. / Five PM (Five of the afternoon)
Las diez y media de la noche. (22.30)Half past ten in the evening. / Ten thirty PM (Ten and half of the evening)

If the reply does not include an exact time, just a time of day, you will use the word por to indicate an adverbial form:

Por la mañana.In the morning.
Por la tarde.In the afternoon.
Por la noche.In the evening / At night.


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