"Wie spät ist es?"

Translation:What time is it?

April 25, 2018



spät here shows late/leter ,how come in this sentence its saying "What time is it? " Can anybody tell me the mechanism here.

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A literal translation would be ""How late is it?". This is an example, however, where we have the opportunity to learn how a German would naturally ask this question.

If we translated the English phrase "What time is it?" into something like Welche Uhrzeit ist es? we would be immediately recognised as foreign :)

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When I lived in Berlin, a German friend would ask "Wie spaet?" which meant "What's the time?"

April 25, 2018
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