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Is there a Spanish translation for saying "the time is....". I know most of the time, people just say, it is 2:30PM or something, but is there a direct translation from English?

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  • You say that most of the time people just say "it's 2:30PM" or something like that. So in what contexts do people say (or can you hear) "the time is 2:30PM"?
    – Charlie
    Dec 11 '17 at 13:51
  • @charlie that construction is most common in English in transportation where time is often announced over a loudspeaker. Dec 11 '17 at 13:57
  • @Charlie the speaking clock (a telephone service) always used to say At the third stroke the time will be ....
    – mdewey
    Dec 11 '17 at 14:35
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    @mdewey even for that kind of services I would just say "al tercer tono serán las...", omitting the "time" part.
    – Charlie
    Dec 11 '17 at 14:38
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An option can be simply: La hora es

My grandmother had a radio that said aloud the time by pressing a button. With a robotic voice, it was like:

La hora es: 21 horas 20 minutos.

You can infer this translation from the translation of the question when we want to know what time it is:

What time is it? -> ¿Qué hora es?

and with that:

the time is -> la hora es

But as you and others have commented, the usual answer would be:

It's 9:30 a.m -> Son las 9:30 a.m / Las 9:30 a.m

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  • And if you want it to sound more officious, I suppose you could say, "La hora oficial es ..." or "La hora de Greenwich is ..." Dec 11 '17 at 20:17

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