Why are there 2 ways to ask time in Italian?

Che ora è e Che ore sono?

The second is literally translated as what times are there? sound a little weird to me..

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Jemma,

When asking, you can use both è and sono.
When answering, you use è for singular hours (1 am/pm, midnight) and sono for all the other hours, thus:

È mezzanotte, è l'una di pomeriggio.
It's midnight, it's one in the afternoon.

Sono le tre, sono le sei, sono le cinque.
It's three am/pm, it's six am/pm, it's five am/pm.

What times are there would be Che ore ci sono?, ci being there.

Hope this helps!


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