Tell Time in Spanish  

Discussing Time Telling Time
Overview

If you are wondering how to tell time in Spanish then this lesson is for you! Few things are more important than the ability to tell time in Spanish. You will use a different verb to tell time in Spanish than you would use to tell time in English. The verb ser is used to ask or tell time in Spanish. A few examples:

¿Qué hora es? - What time is it?

Es la una. - It's one o'clock.

Son las dos. - It's two o'clock.

Son las doce. - It's twelve o'clock.

Note: The plural form (son) is used for two o'clock through twelve.

Instead of saying 15 minutes, cuarto is generally used. Media is used instead of 30 minutes.

Es la una y cuarto.
It is one-fifteen (1:15).

A la una y media.
At one-thirty (1:30).

Note: Minutes up to half an hour are added to the hour using y; above that, they are typically subtracted from the hour with menos.

Son las cinco y diez.
It's ten after five.

Son las tres menos cuarto.
It's two forty-five (2:45).

Son las tres menos diez.
It's ten till three (2:50).

If you still have doubts about how to tell time in Spanish, please review the Grammar section of this lesson. It will provide many more details on Spanish time and several different ways to express times in Spanish.


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