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Hello everyone! I am a native Spanish speaker and I'm here to answer any questions you may have! Ask away.
Hi. I hope you are actually going to answer my questions. Usually people ask for questions and never answer them. My question- why are infinitives sometimes used in place of present progressives,(-ing verbs)?
Hey there I'll be glad to answer as many questions as I can! To answer your question accurately, could you give me an example? I want to make sure I understand what you mean. Thanks!
Yay! Thank you for replying. I guess a simple example would be, "Playing is fun." In a translator it translates to "Jugar es divertido." The same is with any other -ing verb. Why does it not translate to "Jugando es divertido"?
"Jugar es divertido" is the correct translation for "It is fun to play".
In Spanish, in order to convert a verb to a present progressive, such as the word "jugando" the action must be in progress/motion.
"We will continue playing " "Vamos a continuar jugando" "I am playing" "Estoy jugando".
When you simply talk about a verb, it will always be in its infinitive form.
"I like eating" "Me gusta comer". (translates to "I like to eat") "Listening is important" "Escuchar es importante" (translates to "It is important to listen").
What I'm trying to say is, there is no direct translation for sentences like "playing is fun". The closest thing in Spanish would be "It is fun to play".
I hope that clears things up a little. Let me know if you think of other examples or questions that I can answer or research for you. :)
How do you say cookie? I have been wanting to know forever so I can say, "Necisito un 'cookie' grande"
cookie is galleta in Spanish. Note that it is a feminine word so it would be "una galleta" instead of "un".
Fun fact: Some Spanish speaking countries use the phrase "dar una galleta" (to give a cookie) as an expression meaning "to slap somebody". Using "galleta" as slang for "slap".
ha ha, that is really funny! Thank you for answering my question, now my family will never hear the end of "Necisito una galleta grande" :-)
What country are you from? Do you think you have a particular Spanish accent?
Hey George! I'm from Spain. I don't have an accent. Everyone always asks where I'm from because they can't hear an accent when I speak in Spanish. The accent varies depending on what country you live in (or even regions in the same country). Where are you from?