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Friday, 24 May 2013 12:37
“How do you say GET in Spanish”
You know sometimes people ask a question like "How do you say GET in Spanish" Of course, there is no easy answer. Do you mean GET UP; GET DOWN, GET IN, GET OUT, GET OVER, GET AROUND or any of the other, many variations. Well, we have a similar situation with translating many Spanish verbs back to English. The meaning can change depending on the other words used with it and depending on the context.
Today we are going to have a look at the verb "acabar" and a few of its common meanings.
Acabar basically means to finish.
Acabamos el trabajo a las nueve. - We finish work at nine.
Ellos acabaron ayer - They finished yesterday.
He acabado el libro - I have finished the book.
Acabar de means to have just done something.
Acabo de leer el nuevo libro de J. K. Rowling - I have just read J. K. Rowling's new book.
Acabamos de comprar una casa en el campo - We have just bought a house in the country.
Acabaron de llegar cuando empezó la lluvia - They had just arrived when the rain began.
Acabar por means to end up doing something,
Acabamos por creerlo - We ended up believing it.
Acabó por reconecerle - He ended up recognising him.
Acabaron por gastar todo el dinero - They ended up spending all the money.
Acabar mal is to go badly.
Todo acabó mal el día de su cumpleaños - Everything went badly on his birthday.
Ya se acabó - That's an end to it.
It's over is useful when you've heard enough about a subject and don't want to talk
about it any more or is also used when the result of something is obvious.
Barca ya no puede ganar. Ya se acabó - Barcelona can't win now. It's all over.
Ya está - That's it. Se acabó - It's finished
Perhaps in two weeks time we should look at the various uses of "get".
Hasta la próxima,
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