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Telling the time in Spanish.

To tell the time in Spanish is fairly easy. 
These are some things you should know. 

We use the verb ser with the time of day. 
Es is used for the singulat 'one o'clock' and son is used for all the plurals.

Es la una.
It is  one o'clock.

Son las cinco.
It is five o'clock.

We use the feminine article (la, las) before the hour because we are referring to 'la hora' which is feminine.

Es la una.
It is one o'clock.

Son las ocho.
It is eight o'clock.

For minutes past the hour we use y

Es la una y diez.
It is ten minutes past one.

Son las seis y veinte.
It is twenty past six.

For minutes before the hour we use menos

Es la una menos diez.
It is ten minutes to one.

Son las seis menos veinte.
It is twenty to six.

Half is media and quarter is cuarto.

Es la una y media.
It is half past one.

Son las cinco y cuarto.
It is quarter past five.

Son las cuatro menos cuarto.
It is quarter to four.

To say when something happens we use a + la(s) + time.

La fiesta empieza a las once.
The party starts at eleven.

El supermercado abre a las diez y media.
The supermarket opens at half past ten.

In Spain PM and AM is not used. 
Some people use the 24 hour clock and say, for example.
A las 14 horas = at 2pm 

Or you can specify the part of the day eg:
Por la mañana  - In the morning 
Por la tarde - In the Afternoon.
Por la Noche - At night.
Por la madrugada - In the early hours of the morning.


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What time is it?
¿Qué hora es?
What time shall we meet?
¿a qué hora quedamos?
It's five past two.
Son las dos y cinco.
It's twenty to five.
Son las cinco menos veinte.
It's twenty past five
Son las cinco y veinte
It is ten minutes to one.
Es la una menos diez.
we meet at 10.
nos quedamos a las 10.
la medianoche
el mediodía
It is twenty minutes past one.
Es la una y veinte.
It's one forty.
Es la una con cuarenta.
It's nine twenty-eight.
Son las nueve y veintiocho.
It's half past eleven.
Son las once y media.
It's three minutes to twelve.
Son las tres menos doce.
It is quarter to seven.
Son las siete menos cuarto.
At two in the morning.
A las dos de la madrugada.
It's four o'clock.
Son las cuatro en punto.
The supermarket opens at nine.
El supermercado abre a las nueve.
It's twenty-five to eight to.
Son las ocho menos veinticinco.
It's one o'clock.
Es la una.
What time do Barcelona play?
¿A qué hora juega Barcelona?
We eat at six.
Comemos a las seis.
It's twelve minutes past three.
Son las tres y doce.
It is five minutes to one.
Es la una menos cinco.
It is half past one.
Es la una y media.
It is a quarter to four.
Son las cuatro menos cuarto.
The meeting starts at nine.
La reunión empieza a las nueve.
I get up at seven o'clock.
Me levanto a las siete.
It's three o'clock in the afternoon.
Son las tres de la tarde.
It's eleven at night.
Son las once de la noche.
It's one forty.
Es la una y cuarenta.
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