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"I have to be at the airport at two."

Translation:Tengo que estar en el aeropuerto a las dos.

June 1, 2018



And why is "Tengo que estar al aeropuerto a las dos" not acceptable?



It is routine in spanish to say "en la estación", "en la fiesta", "en la universidad", and on and on to mean "at the station", "at the party", "at the university", and nearly any place else.

Although "A" can mean "at", it is seldom used alone for that meaning except to indicate a specific time. Like "A las ocho" to mean "at eight o'clock".

"A" is most often used for "to" and to connect certain verbs and many common phrases like "a diario" or "a la izquierda", and the infamous personal A.



Thank you for the explanation. I have been getting them all wrong because I can't figure out when to us 'a' and when to use 'en'.


Many, many thanks. Please accept a lingot.


At least in Mexico and Guatemala, they say I am in the airport or in the mall, not at the airport or at the mall.


Tengo que estar al aeropuerto a la dos. Should be accepted.


Estar is not a movement verb, so the preposition a doesn't belong there.


And 'la' needs to be plural.


I put "Necesito estar en el aeropuerto a las dos." and was marked wrong. It seems correct to me, but I'm not confident enough to report it. Can anyone tell me whether it's correct and/or explain why it isn't?


It's the difference between the two verbs - necesitar - to need and tener - to have.

Necesito - I need...

Tengo que - I have to...


In English they mean the same in this situation. I don't know if that works in Spanish.


Sometimes Duo has accepted "necesitar" instead of "tener que".
And sometimes not.

It is part of Duo's inconsistency.


so - in this lesson we are given the sentences 'ellos llegan al aeropuerto' and 'esos taxis van al aeropuerto' but apparently 'tengo que estar al aeropuerto' is wrong and has to be 'en el aeropuerto' I don't really understand - arriving at the airport = al and going to the airport = al but being at the airport = en el ??


It's because llegar and ir are linked verbs which use the preposition 'a' after them. Unfortunately, linked verbs use all sorts of different prepositions and are just something you have to rote learn.

In conjunction with all this, llegar means not just 'to arrive', but 'to arrive TO'. Similarly, ir also means 'to go TO'.

The last thing about this is simply that, shown here without the contraction for illustrative purposes only, your sentence is 'Tengo que estar a el aeropuerto', which translates as 'I have to be to the airport', which just sounds weird (in both languages).

In fact, it's by showing this that you can see why ir and llegar are linked verbs in the first place!


Yes this is very confusing. I too do not know why!


why a las dos and not a la dos?


Because two is plural (at least that's how I remember when to use la and when to use las when it comes to telling time).

  • one o'clock = a la una
  • two o'clock = a las dos
  • three o'clock = a las tres


Is it necessary to include "que" when "estar" already means "to be"?


Yes. Tengo indicates possession if by itself, 'Tengo que' is an idiom that expresses an imperative. While 'Tengo estar' makes literal sense, it doesn't make sense to a Spanish speaker.


What exactly does tengo qie mean then (as an idiom?)


It says 'at the airport ', not 'in the airport' so why 'en el' instead of 'al'?


I was figuring out this sentence aloud and my google assistant took it to mean play Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas. So I guess we're having a brief musical interlude.


why not Yo tengo que estar en el aeropuerto a las dos ?


It did not accept Debo estar....


I think because using the verb 'deber' would mean 'I must be at the ...,' whereas 'tener + que means 'i have to be ...' and whilst they mean very similar things it's not the verb that was asked for!


When do you drop Yo?


No matter how many times i type it correctly, it says it's wrong.


I wrote Tengo que estar en el auerpuerto a las dos and it was counted as wrong.

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