2 Asking and telling the time
To ask and tell the time (la hora) in Spanish, use the following expressions.
¿Qué hora es? What time is it? / What’s the time?
La una. / Es la una. It’s one o’clock.
Las dos. / Son las dos. It’s two o’clock.
Las tres. / Son las tres. It’s three o’clock.
Notice that the article la / las is always used with times. It is feminine because it refers to the noun hora / horas.
Note that the answer is in the singular (Es la una) for one o’clock and in the plural for all other times (Son las dos / tres / cuatro…).
More precise time is given in the following way.