How do I distinguish à cette heure from à sept heures, when pronounced?
It occurred to me when once I wanted to say "at this time", and then I realized I had just said "at 7". I guess I probably should have used "en ce moment", right?
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There should not be any ambiguity actually.
If during the conversation, a time was explicitly mentioned, people will understand à cette heure :
— On se retrouve dimanche matin vers huit heures?
— Oh là, à cette heure je serai encore au lit!
However, if you mention a time just out of the blue, it will be clear you mean à sept heures
— On se retrouve dimanche matin?
— À sept heures, ça te va?
Also, note that, in a rather formal or litterary context, à cette heure can also mean right now.