Using A + la/las + [time] to express at what time something takes place

To express At what time something is taking place we use:

A la/las[time]

Have a look and listen to the following examples:

Voy al gimnasio a las diez y media.
I go to the gym at half past ten.

Salgo de casa a las ocho en punto.
I leave the house at eight o'clock precisely.

Almuerzo siempre a las dos y cuarto.
I always have lunch at quarter past two.

Notice how "a" is always followed by the feminine definite article "las".

Now have a look at these other examples:

A veces cojo en autobús a la una.
Sometimes I take the bus at one.

Mi madre prepara el almuerzo a la una y media.
My mum prepares lunch at half past one.

Notice how when something takes place at any time involving one (i.e 1:00 or 13:00 hours) the article takes the singular form "la".

It is not correct to say:

  • Mi madre prepara el almuerzo a las una y media.
  • Mi madre prepara el almuerzo a las una menos cuarto.

We also need the preposition "a" if we want to ask when something takes place:

- ¿A qué hora vas a llegar a casa? - Voy a llegar a casa a las nueve.
- What time are you coming home? - I am coming home at nine.

See also Using ser (not estar) to talk about time, days, dates and seasons

 

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- ¿A qué hora vas a llegar a casa? - Voy a llegar a casa a las nueve.
- What time are you coming home? - I am coming home at nine.


Voy al gimnasio a las diez y media.
I go to the gym at half past ten.


Almuerzo siempre a las dos y cuarto.
I always have lunch at quarter past two.


Mi madre prepara el almuerzo a la una y media.
My mum prepares lunch at half past one.


Salgo de casa a las ocho en punto.
I leave the house at eight o'clock precisely.


A veces cojo en autobús a la una.
Sometimes I take the bus at one.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 2 answers

So using la/las to indicate hour (hora), not the time (tiempo) that is why it's feminine? - A que hora? not A que tiempo?

Asked 1 month ago

sorry, I didn't know how to make tildes over the letters on my keyboard :D

InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Penny

That is a possibility as it is logical that if we are talking about "hora" (we do not use the word "tiempo" in this context), and hora is a feminine word. It is as if we were omitting the word "hora" when we say:

-¿A qué hora vas a llegar?

-A las 9 [horas].

Saludos

Inma

So using la/las to indicate hour (hora), not the time (tiempo) that is why it's feminine? - A que hora? not A que tiempo?

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