Use menos for telling time
All of my Spanish teachers taught me that when it is thirty past the hour that one use "menos." Even in college, my professor(from Spain) told me this.For an example, 10:50 would be "Son las once menos diez." However I seen people use "Son las diez y cincuenta" instead. Is this correct? When do people use "menos"? Do people use the word a quarter near the hour? Please help.
Thank you in advance.
Hi, CoCo... In Latin America it is very common to say "son las diez con cincuenta minutos (or "y cincuenta") or "faltan diez para las once". To my knowledge all these ways of expresing time are undertood in all Spanish speaking regions, even if they are not specifically used in all regions.
i thought the same thing...
In the army, in the airports or train stations they use it as you say:
08:40 = las ocho y cuarenta
Thank you. I was confessed for a second. I guess it a very formal way of telling time. My grandmother still says it ten minutes until eleven. I would just say it's 10:50.
I think it is similar to how people in English say "It is ten 'til five", "ten of five", or "ten to five (4:50).
I agree with Mountaingirl...
I have heard all of these in Latin America in person, on the radio, and TV:
Son las diez con cincuenta minutos
Son las diez y cincuenta
Faltan diez para las once
Son las once menos diez