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Telling Time

In Spanish, "es" or "son" (translated as "is") is used to express time. "Es" is used for the singular times (1 o'clock) and "son" is used for plural times (2, 3, etc.). A couple of other rules are:

  • Mañana (morning), tarde (afternoon) and noche (night) are used instead of "a.m." or "p.m."
  • The word "o'clock" is not used in Spanish.
  • Note: But you can say “en punto” for very specific time. Ex: Es la una y quince, en punto.

For example,



¿Qué hora es?

What time is it?

Es la una.

It is 1.

Son las tres.

It is 3.

Es la una y diez.

It is 1:10

Son las dos y cuarto.

It is 2:15 (quarter past).

Son las dos y media.

It is 2:30 (half past).

Es mediodía.

It is noon.

Es medianoche.

It is midnight.

Son las ocho de la mañana.

It is 8 in the morning.

Son las dos y media de la tarde

It is 2:30 in the afternoon.

Son las 8 de la noche

It is 8 at night.