18 Answered Questions for the topic verbos
ir a «infinitive» vs. future tense?
There are two ways to indicate a future action, *ir a «infinitive»* and the future tense. How do I decide which to use when? Is one form more common when spoken or in writing? Is there a... more
Iros instead of "idos" (imperative of verb "ir")?
I have heard many times the use of the infinitive instead of the imperative in Spanish with the verb "ir". For example: - Si me queréis, *irse (Instead of: Si me queréis, váyanse) [Famous... more
Why do oler and saber take the preposition "a"?
As an English speaker learning Spanish, I was always a little confused that it smells and tastes "to" something rather than "of" something:* *Huele a humo.** *Sabe a ajo.*I would think of "a" as... more
Why is Argentinian pronunciation different from other countries?
I was watching some Argentinian *telenovelas* to get used to Spanish language and noticed that there's a different pattern regarding the pronunciation of the imperative command than what Michel... more
Translation of the phrase "I'm happy."?
In the phrase: > I'm happyWhich one of these is grammatically correct to translate the phrase, `ser` or `estar`?> Soy felizor > Estoy feliz
When should I use the word 'yo' in a sentence where the verb conjugation already shows that I am the subject?
Early on while I was learning Spanish, my teachers would always make us use the pronoun 'yo' even if it was redundant:> Yo pienso que... > Yo quiero... > Yo hablo... > etc.However,... more
Traer and llevar - what is the reference point?
I always have problems concerning **traer** and **llevar**. I think I understand the general meaning:- Llevar means "to take", such as when an object is being taken (generally by you) to a place... more
Is there a trick to remembering 'llevar' and 'traer'?
After years of living in a Spanish-speaking country, and speaking mostly only Spanish all day, I still struggle with 'llevar' and 'traer'. The rules are clear and all, but it is just very difficult... more
Why should we use "estar" over "ser" for being old or fat?
I can understand why we would use estar for temporary states. But there are conditions that people have that are not temporary, such as being old (or for some people, being fat).> ¡qué... more
Spanish phrasal verbs?
The most difficult feature of English language (at least for myself) are "Phrasal verbs". Today I stumbled upon one sentence from a newspaper that made think about Phrasal verbs in Spanish. If we... more
De donde vienen las formas irregulares del verbo haber?
Me interesaria saber como se han desarrollado las formas irregulares del presente de indicativo del verbo *haber*. Es obvio que no se dice *"tu habes", "ella habe" y "nosotros habemos*". Supongo... more
Speaking of, [...] or Verbing, [...]?
I started out wondering if there was any Spanish analogy to the English construction `Speaking of, [independent clause]` as in >Speaking of potatoes, I love them. The most obvious possibility... more
Why is the te after the verb in "Prepara te el cafe"?
In the sentence, "Prepara te el cafe yo los voy sirviendo" why is the te*after* the verb?
Can "encontrar" be used when talking about meeting someone?
I was reading the line below, which apparently translates to "Tomorrow I am going to meet a friend". I thought the verb "encontrar" was "to find" or is this a case when trying to translate... more
How do verbs like 'gustar' actually function?
I am far enough into learning Spanish that I know **gustar** does not literally mean 'to like' but means 'to be pleasing to.' My supposition would be that 'gustar' and similar verbs would function... more
Acordar or recordar? What's the correct use?
Commonly I heard people saying "oye, te acuerdas de esa pelicula?", the same way I heard "oye, recuerdas esa pelicula?". I've always believe that the action of `recuerdo` comes from `recordar`,... more
Why is the "se" needed in "la nina se baja del coche"?
In the phrase > La nin;a se baja del coche Why is the `se` needed as we know it is the girl that gets out of the car?