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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amanushya

"Es hora de la cena."

December 31, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FJoyB

This should be fixed to also accept "It is supper time."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dkat
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not sure what was unacceptable about it is the hour of the dinner.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lewtune4

same here ! :s


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nighteyes

also did not accept "it's dinner hour"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amanushya

at first, I thought 'tiempo' means time and hora means hour. in this case hora is used to mean time. similarly, the phrase 'que hora es' can mean 'what time is it' instead of 'what hour is it'. is that the way it is in Spanish?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iago

Tiempo is used to refer to time as an abstract concept and as a quantity of time (cuánto tiempo? how much time?) while hora is used for english "hour" as well as english "time" when we're talking about a specific time on the clock.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazzdragon022

Thank you, that explains a lot!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mars7017

Yeah, I think this is a case of an idiomatic translation


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Intrepid

So if I was asked to say "it is dinner time" in spanish, would "Es cena hora" be wrong? It is fairly easy to translate from spanish to english but i'm not sure i would think to say it in spanish as "It is the time of the dinner"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagnusChan

Ay, maybe it has to be like that. I mean literally translating is always not that hard. But huh, if you wanna make it more simple, or say common, you might wanna think as a local do.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagnusChan

Whoop. Im neither a English speaker nor a Spanish speaker. I wonder whatz wrong with ¨It is time for the supper?¨


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iago

Gramatically nothing is wrong with it, it's simply not said.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagnusChan

I c. For common usage, ¨the¨ is hidden


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThrashtilDeath

Would "Es hora por la cena" work as well? As in "It is time for dinner".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mslinda6357

This is not written as a question, and does not have a question inflection listening to it. I didn't write an answer because I couldn't answer without it being a question. So I thought I was wrong.

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