Ser vs Estar in Spanish: Using ser in Spanish (not estar) to talk about time, days, dates and seasons

Ser vs Estar in Spanish: times, dates, seasons

When we want to express data about days, dates, seasons and hours we use the verb ser (not estar).

Have a look and listen to these examples:

Hoy es lunes.Today is Monday.

Hoy es 25 de septiembre.Today is the 25th of September.

Ahora es primavera.It is spring now.

Son las tres de la tarde.It's three o'clock in the afternoon.

Note that we drop the article "el" before the date when we say "today's date" with "Hoy es..."

See also Conjugate ser in the present tense in Spanish (El Presente).

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Hoy es 25 de septiembre.Today is the 25th of September.
Hoy es lunes.Today is Monday.
Ahora es primavera.It is spring now.
Son las tres de la tarde.It's three o'clock in the afternoon.
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