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"¿Qué hora es?"

Translation:What time is it?

January 4, 2013



"What is the time?" is not accepted. In Australia, we rarely say "oh what time is it?". We just say "hey what's the time?". Please correct this slight mistake DL


I totally agree. In english, "what is the time" is exactly the same as "what time is it". In fact "what time is it" is not used very widely in Australia at all. This should be corrected to accept either in my opinion.


You cant say what is the time and what time is it are different, correct your mistake duolingo!


They mean the same, but are said differently,


I agree that both should be accepted, but for what it's worth, here in the US, I've never heard anyone say "What is the time?" Everyone says, "What time is it?" Maybe the answer key was written by an American?


ratay- In Canada, what time is it?


ratay - Thank you!


Unless this phrase is asking specifically about the time of a certain event... "Don't forget your meeting this arvo, it's in the board room" -- "Thanks, what time is it?". Just an idea... (probably wrong). Also got dinged trying to go the extra mile and turn it into a more natural (Australian) English phrase.


Nice way of thinking about this phrase! I got dinged by responding 'What is the time?'. Should help when dealing with the phrase in DL, and prevent future Dings!


Was still marked as incorrect two years later


This was reported a year ago and it STILL hasn't been corrected. I say what's the time, what time is it is really wrong to my ears, never heard it in my life.


annette- Come in North America, you'll see that's correct here to say what time is it, nothing else here I guess


Deal with it guys, and stop commenting for lingots...


Ironically, your comment is what made me give you a Lingot.

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    Okay, but this course is to learn Spanish if you speak American English, and this is the way it is said in USA.


    What time is it!!!!! Adventure time!!!!!


    i love that show


    I'm with you...it has the same meaning exactly


    Yeah, agreed. Don't know why they're still not accepting it.


    Agreed please change!


    This is in the us of a, not Australia.


    Why is "what hour is it" incorrect? Hora literally means hour.


    Also want to know this.


    Why have I had to scroll down so far to get this question? This should be the main question in this discussion.


    When I was in Chile, everybody said "¿Qué horas son?" I asked them about it and they insisted that's how it's said there, lol


    Que horas son? is a very informal way to ask what time is it?, the correct one is Que hora es?.Besides chilean spanish is full of dialects that i even can't understand them. they even accept that speak spanish badly lol


    You're 100% right, even the people in Chile told me, in our often difficult conversations, that Chileans "hablan muy mal." I've decided that even though Chile may very well be the worst country in which to learn Spanish, I like the sort of Spanish they speak there and want to learn more about it :)


    I am in Chile at the moment and they often will ask you the same thing 5 ways. como estas? como esta? que tal? ......orto Just when you learn one you get more slang, formal, informal and just plain bad spanish. Being Australian I can relate to there bad language use


    In Italian, both are acceptable: Che ora è? (equivalent to ¿Qué hora es?) Che ore sono? (equivalent to ¿Qué horas son? You answered it with the singular ("é uno" = "es uno") at one o'clock but in plural any other time ("sono cinque" = "son cinco").


    I would guess that it's due to the fact that when speaking about time in Spanish one says "son seis horas", "son cinco horas" etc., and by that is getting used to the plural form of the verb in the question.


    4sily- my profesor de madrid says we have to use the article : son las seis


    That's also how they say it in Colombia. :)


    Good video thanks for sharing.


    Wow! That is just... So exactly how I feel when trying to speak Spanish!


    Seriously, people need to get over the fact that "What's the time" isn't accepted along with "What time is it". Come on, you know it all amounts to the same thing in English. Just enter it the way Duo wants and then after you understand the MEANING of the phrase, you can translate into English however you please. But in all honesty, we shouldn't be looking for multiple ways to say the translation in English, because we are learning SPANISH--an entirely different language. As long as you understand the MEANING and the CONCEPT of the word/term/phrase in ESPAÑOL, that's all that matters. Unless the Duo translation doesn't follow the rules of English grammar at all, stop sweating about your specific English translation getting marked wrong. Sometimes I feel like people are just trying with every chance they get to jump on the DL contributors by finding a million different ways to say the SAME EXACT THING in English, and then reporting it. We're better than that, guys.


    ¡Tiempo de aventura!


    Why is there an accent on the Que? i can't figure out when to use it and when not to, is it because of the question mark?


    You are more or less correct—qué (with accent) is an interrogative pronoun used in questions. Without the accent, it is a relative pronoun with different uses. See http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/200685/que-and-qu


    In NZ English idiom "What's the time?" is more usual.


    This literally means "What hour is it."


    Why is "What time is it now?" incorrect? Is there a time you would use this sentence not meaning "now?" In context, isn't it fair to assume it is referring to "now?"


    If you uses now is for emphasis and happens the same in Spanish ¿Qué hora es ahora?. So the translation is correct without now.


    caiser, it means the same, but there,s no reference of the word NOW in the sentence.


    Would you say "what time is it now" instead of just "what time is it" in English? I wouldn't. It's superfluous because, like you said, it's fair to assume.


    > Would you say "what time is it now" instead of just "what time is it" in English?

    Usually no, but that doesn't make it incorrect (the 'now' is implied). But I won't argue the point. It's just frustrating because it asks for all of the valid translations - since there isn't always a 1-1 correlation between Spanish and English, it would be reasonable to assume that "What time is it now?" is a valid translation.


    mrblugle- when it's a lesson, we have to translate what we see, nothing more. If you were at school and that sentence was part of the exam, you would lose points, even though it could mean the same.


    'what is the time' has the same meaning and should not be marked wrong


    In the States, I hear people including me say, "what time is it?". all the time.


    I put "What is the hour" and got it right


    What hour is it would be acceptable in English.


    You realize the sentance also could mean 'What hour is it'


    What hour is it? is acceptable north American English. -- not exactly mainstream, but entirely acceptable


    But this sentence literally translate to what hour is it?


    I completely agree. And that, in English, can be said, "What is the hour?" and, "What hour is it?" should also be acceptable.

    This is exactly like the mis-translation of, "gustar," which does not mean, "like," at all and probably confuses more people than any other word. Gustar, of course, means, "to please," or, "to give pleasure to." Why do they always translate it as, "to like?" I find this infuriating. It is simply a lie.


    Thanks for the help.


    I think it should accept "what hour is it", i know the phrase is rarely used but it is the direct translation and makes gramatical sense in english.


    I also think that they should accept "What hour is it?" I almost always type the literal translation in if it makes sense. It just flows better.


    Hora is hour. Tiempo is time.


    hora means hour and they didnt accept what hour is it?


    Great Youtube teacher with Que hora es videos


    Is it okay to say "Que es la hora?"


    What time IS it?


    I thought that you would put the subject after the verb eg. '¿Qué beben los hombres?'. But in this sentence the subject is before the verb. Is this just a one off sentence or are there a few sentences like this? I am confused


    The subject can be before and after the verb depending of what you want to know, the onstruction is like in English, you can say:

    • ¿Qué beben los hombres?: What are drinking the men?
    • ¿Qué hombres beben?: What men are drinking?

    In the first sentence you want to know what the men are drinking in the second you want to know those men that are drinking


    Thank you! This really clears it up!!!


    Actually, "it" is the subject here. So it is after the verb. But the "it" in this case is implied in the "es." What time is IT? "It" is the subject, not "time".


    'What time is it'? and 'what is the time'? seem to me to be exactly the same. Both expressions are acceptable in English!


    I have overlooked the incorrect spelling of colour (color!!!!) but to say that what is the time and what time is it are different is going too far.


    jillinspain- this isn't incorrect for UK it's colour, for USA it's color.


    Or to be more specific: for USA it's color, and for everybody else it's colour :)


    jadesteffe- We have to accept that each country has its differences.


    Absolutely! I have no issue with color, it was more just a note/reminder that "UK" in this example is inclusive of all other English speaking countries :) Just for anyone else reading the comments who may not be aware of the difference.


    Would "What is the hour" be acceptable?


    i do not think so.


    I can't be the only person thinking about "the Mexican soap opera for people who only had three weeks of Spanish in the fourth grade" ...


    This is my favorite counterexample to the myth that ser is always for permanent things and estar for temporary things.

    I mean after all, it's not like we're stuck in a time loop.

    [time rewinds] I mean after all, it's not like we're stuck in a time loop.

    [time rewinds] I mean after all, it's not like we're stuck in a time loop.



    Why do i need to put the accent on the e in que?


    "¡QUÉ! in a exclamation usually means ¡How! Or ¡What!

    QUE (relative pronoun use to introduce a subordinate clause) usually means "THAT", but can also mean which, who or what depending on the context. They are diacritical words (pronounced and spelled the same (except for the accent mark) Hope this helps :)


    katrina, because it's a question


    Dear whatever you say in australia or any other country it does not mean that in spanish it would be the same because every language is associated to its native society thus you can have a lot of different ways to state the same thing in different languages.


    will "Que vez es?" work?


    Duolingo has not changed it so 'what is the time?' will be accepted. Maybe they don't want it to say that. I don't know, but please stop complaining about this. Who else is tired of people saying, THEY WON'T LET ME SAY WHAT IS THE TIME!!!!!!! i do not mean to offend anyone by this


    "What hour is it" marked wrong...


    Dont you just love it when you click on something and it dosent say you did? Because I do...........


    Which is the in this sentence no El or la so how can we say the time.


    Everyone keeps saying what they are accustomed saying and not even taking into consideration that the actual translation is what time is it ? We are learning Spanish and that is how they say it.


    I don't know about you guys but the voice sounded like "Qure des" it was a mate voice and im in the mobile version of Doulingo.


    Anyone seen the funny "que hora Es" on youtube


    In informal Spanish, they also say ¿Qué horas son? It's very popular


    I have to quit because of illmess. Thank you for letting me know it's OK to eat crabs. You will have a harder time translating "Who is the better lawyer?" (of two) as distinct from "Who is the best lawyer?".

    It has been fun and if I get to return, any way of avoiding contests? Thanks for teaching me, Mary Lehmann


    The previous sentence introduces me to the word "hora" as "hour" and then fails to accept "What hour is it?" as a legit answer.


    I say what time is it but it's so bad I put something there it's a chile time at 3:40 am or something I make a lot of mistakes


    "what hour is it" should also be correct


    why not "what hour is it"


    If you want Duo to accept an alternate translation, you have to report it. The forums aren't monitored for them.


    Es cinco veinte en un momento


    What time is it? It's time for lunch.( bubble guppies)


    Dear Duolingo, would you please add correct translation "What is the time"? We are discussing about it here already for two years as it seems from below conversation and it still has not been done. Thanks.


    I believe it is because of the way the words are placed. In this sentence, it goes: "Que", what; then "hora", time; then "es", is it-- "What time is it?"-- If it were "what is the time?", it would be written "que es la hora?".


    I got caught out with this.'' What is the time'' I think would be wrong. In English we say'' What time is it?'' ( As if in the present tense.) If you say ''What is the time,'' it usually precedes a furthur query IE '' What is the time OF the next film, bus, train'' etc Tricky one.


    so can you say what time it is?


    It's time to find a better way to learn Spanish


    Why is "what's the time?" Not correct?


    You don't put "What's" you put "What is"


    Also got it wrong with what is the time .. dang


    What is the time should be accepted


    This is translated wrong - Whats the time


    what is the time is the same question?


    It should accept "What is the time?"


    in Britain you say "what's the time ?"


    the error mentioned below is still there in 2016.


    in english we do not say ¨what time is it? we say ¨what is the time?


    That's not true, some people say "What time is it" and some people say "What is the time?"


    Some say "what time do you have"? meaning " what time does your wristwatch say"?


    They make it wrong is it or it is


    who says 'what hour is it'? we don't talk like that in SoCal.


    Nobody says that in English, but that's how they say it in Spanish. Git used to it, my friend.


    In the hazy mist of the past I think this was the English translation of the German phrase meaning "What time is it? = What hour is it?"


    So does hora translate directly to time, or to hour? Does that mean there is no other word for hour?


    It translates to hour, but in Spanish, much like in French and other Romance languages, they use "hour" where we use "time" to refer to a specific time on the clock and their word for time, "tiempo," is used ina more general abstract sense of time as a phenomenon (and "vez" is the Spanish word for "time" as in an occurrence of something, i.e. "That was the last time I ever smoked a cigarette."


    Thank you, very helpful!

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