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

When we want to express data about days, dates, seasons and hours we use the verb ser (not estar).
Have a look and listen to these examples:

Hoy es lunes.
Today is Monday.

Hoy es 25 de septiembre.
Today is the 25th of September.

Ahora es primavera.
It is spring now.

Son las tres de la tarde.
It's three o'clock in the afternoon.

See also Conjugate ser in El Presente (present tense).

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Examples and resources

Ahora es primavera.
It is spring now.


Son las tres de la tarde.
It's three o'clock in the afternoon.


Hoy es 25 de septiembre.
Today is the 25th of September.


Hoy es lunes.
Today is Monday.


Q&A

Sherry

Kwiziq community member

19 March 2019

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Definite article in dates?

In the A0 lesson "Expressing dates in Spanish" the definite article is used: "El 7 de febrero de 1986", but in this lesson it isn't: "Hoy es 25 de septiembre". Is the definite article only used when the date isn't preceded by "ser"?

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