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The traditional way to tell time in Spanish is by dividing the clock in half. The right side uses “y” to add minutes to the hour. Once the minute hand passes “6”, we must express the next hour and use “menos” to subtract the minutes. If the time is exactly on the hour, we can add the expression “en punto.” If it is “about “ a certain time, we say “a eso de” before stating the hour.
Es la una (y/menos) # minutos.
Son las dos (y/menos) # minutos.
Note: dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez, once, and doce all use “Son las.”
In Spanish, the phrase expression “o’clock.” Instead, we express the hour, plus or minus minutes.“Es la” is used to tell the time, whenever the hour being expressed is “una” (one).
Es launaen punto. = It is one o’clock on the dot.
Es a eso dela una.= It is about one o’clock.
Es la una y diez. = It is 1:10.
Es la unamenoscinco. = It is 12:55.
Note: When no specific time is stated, we use:
When the hour is “12” you can express the Instead, after a specifically stated time, we say:
time in more than one way. They include:
It is 12:00 p.m. = Son lasdoce de la tarde.
It is noon. = Es el mediodía.
It is 12:00 a.m. = Son lasdoce de la mañana.
It is midnight. = Es la medianoche.
Son las dos menos veinte.
Es la una y cuarenta.
Midnight = 0:00
1:00 a.m. = 1:00
Noon = 12:00
1:00 p.m. = 13:00
For p.m., you must add 12 to the a.m.
i.e. 7:30 p.m. = 19:30
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