Me urge…

The verb urgir is a classic case of a cognate word which doesn’t necessarily translate well. The English “to urge” generally means “to induce someone to do something.” The Spanish equivalent can mean the same thing, but usually urgir is used to mean that something is “urgent” and that some action needs to be taken immediately. Check out the following examples…

Me urge hablar con Pedro = “It is urgent that I speak with Pedro”

Urge dice el presidente pasar la ley = “The president says that it is urgent to pass the law”

Me urge un trago = “I need a drink right now”

El está urgido de dinero = “He is in urgent need of money”

This simple but subtle difference between “to urge” in English and “urgir” in Spanish is confusing at first. It is, however, equally acceptable to say that “Es urgente que hable con Pedro” or “El presidente dice que es urgente pasar la ley”, using constructions that are more familiar to our ears. For a good introduction to “urgir” as natives use it, check out this song by Vicente Fernandez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3HqYnsjFno

 

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