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"Tiempo" is a noun which is often translated as "time", and "hora" is a noun which is often translated as "hour". Learn more about the difference between "tiempo" and "hora" below.
tiempo(
tyehm
-
poh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (duration)
a. time
Me tomó bastante tiempo resolver el problema.It took me quite a lot of time to solve the problem.
2. (climate)
a. weather
¿Qué tiempo hace en tu país?What's the weather like in your country?
3. (period)
a. moment
La comida estará lista en poco tiempo.The food will be ready in a moment.
4. (era)
a. day
En aquellos tiempos, se jugaba afuera el día entero.In those days, you'd play outdoors all day long.
5. (sports)
a. half
El jugador metió un gol en el segundo tiempo.The player scored a goal in the second half.
6. (music)
a. tempo
Se puede medir el tiempo de una canción.You can measure the tempo of a song.
7. (linguistics)
a. tense
El tiempo pasado indica que la acción se realizó en el pasado.The past tense indicates that an action is in the past.
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hora(
oh
-
rah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (period of time)
a. hour
Tuve que esperarlos una hora y media.I had to wait for them for an hour and a half.
2. (specific time)
a. time
¿Qué hora es?What time is it?
3. (right moment)
a. time
Es hora de que se reúnan y tomen una decisión.It is time for them to meet and make a decision.
4. (part of a schedule)
a. period
Tenemos una hora libre después de matemáticas.We have a free period after math class.
5. (meeting)
a. appointment
Mañana tengo hora con el podólogo.I have an appointment with the podiatrist tomorrow.
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