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in time vs. on time

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I know that both of these are usually translated as "a tiempo." For example, I know that "Llegué justo a tiempo" means "I got there just in time." But what do we do in situations such as the following?

  • I didn't arrive on time at the gate, but I did arrive in time because the flight was delayed.

"On time" means "at the prearranged time," while "in time" means "early enough."

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updated OCT 24, 2008
posted by 00bacfba

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Heidita said:

In Spain: retrasado/puntual

Quería rescatar este hilo para puntualizar:

En España , en cuanto a la hora de llegada de un avión se dice:

Retrasado / a su hora ( no es tan corriente ver lo de puntual, no se me ocurrió el otro día)

updated OCT 24, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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James Santiago said:

Llegamos al cine a la hora prevista, y con tiempo para ver los avances.

¿Está bien?

A mí me suena perfecta.

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Ah, very nice! "Con tiempo" fits really well here.

Usando tu sugerencia, pruebo a traducir mi segundo ejemplo.

Llegamos al cine a la hora prevista, y con tiempo para ver los avances.

¿Está bien'

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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No llegué a la puerta de embarque en punto/a la hora prevista, pero llegué con tiempo, porque el vuelo se había retrasado.

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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..llegamos a la hora prevista.

...llegamos puntuales.

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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OK, then how would we translate this?

  • We arrived at the theater on time, and were in time for the previews.

The "on time" here suggests that there was a prearranged time by which they were supposed to arrive (maybe they were meeting someone there).

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Gracias a los dos.

Estoy segura de que ni ni tampoco se ve mucho. Je je.

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by Natasha
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In Spain: retrasado/puntual

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Natasha said:

What do they say in Spanish on the flight departure / arrival screens in airports? In English: on time, delayed

I have seen "Demorado" and "A Tiempo."

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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What do they say in Spanish on the flight departure / arrival screens in airports? In English: on time, delayed

updated OCT 23, 2008
posted by Natasha
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Sugerencia:

Llegué tarde a la puerta de embarque pero aún a tiempo ya que el vuelo iba retrasado.

updated OCT 22, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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