Today I want to examine a very common verb which, like many high frequency verbs, has a plethora of meanings. Its primary English equivalents are to leave or to go out, although, as we’ll see, these translations don’t cover all of its possible uses. The verb is salir and its basic, present-tense conjugation look like […]

Gástarselas, arreglárselas, vérselas, etc.

Today we’ll explore a number of colloquial expressions which, to some degree, transcend grammatical comprehension. Rather than over-analyze them, I’ll ask you to keep an open mind and simply accept these terms as part of the language. If you commit them to memory, they’ll become great allies in your efforts at self-expression. With a small […]

No se me da…

The verb dar is a power verb and one of the first that Spanish students learn. In its most basic form it translates as “to give,” as in the sentence Yo le doy a la manzana a mi madre. As with any hyper-used verb, however, it carries a seemingly endless array of meanings. While this […]

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