You want to tell your friends what time it is. It is 8:45 p.m. how do you say this in spanish



updated DIC 18, 2009
posted by spanishquestions1

1 Answer


Time is prefaced by Es/Son la/las (time in numbers) and the time clarification for you 12 hr format users.

So if it is 1:15 in the afternoon you would say "Es la uno y quince en la tarde." For plural numbers (everything else) "Son las dos y media en la madrugada." (It is 2:30 in the morning.)

In Argentina and perhaps elsewhere, anything past the half hour is subtracted from the next hour. So to tell your friends that it is 8:45 (in the evening) you would say "Son las nueve menos cuarto" (It is 9 minus a quarter.) Most everywhere else you would just add the minutes: "Son las ocho y cuarenta y cinco en la noche."

It is important to note that the parts of the day are taken very seriously in spanish: mañana is from wake up time to about 11; tarde is the afternoon - 12ish to perhaps 6 pm; noche is when it is dark; and madrugada is when you should be asleep (the early early morning). At least that is what I have encountered in Mexico.

updated DIC 18, 2009
edited by Nathaniel
posted by Lasairfiona
You don't add the "a" after "es" or "son". It is "Es la una", or "Son las siete...", etc.
Thanks for the fix.