As you will discover while learning Spanish, many verbs can take on different meanings than what you initially learned, and are used idiomatically to create other various expressions. Dar generally means “to give”; however in combination with other words as you will see, a whole new useful vocabulary list emerges.
Today, we’ll start a two-part mini-series on common expressions with verbs in Spanish. Specifically, expressions with: Acabar, Dar, Dejar, Echar, Haber and Hacer.
Expressions with ACABAR
acabar de + infinitive – to have just
acabar por + infinitive – to end by, to finally
- Acabo de volver de la escuela. – I have just returned from school.
- Se enfermó gravemente y acabó por morir. – He became seriously ill and finally died.
(dar de beber (comer) a)
Today we’ll start with a high-level over view of one of the most essential verbs in Spanish: the verb “dar“, which is in English means “to give”. The second part contains a handful of extremely useful common expressions used in everyday spoken Spanish – completely must-learns for the serious Spanish learners!
Yo doy – I give
Tú das – You give
Él/ella da – He/she gives
Nosotros damos – We give
Ellos/ellas dan – They give
Ustedes dan – You(pl) give
- Ella da una explicación al director. – She gives an explanation to the principal.
- Nosotros damos muchos regalos a los niños. – We give many gifts to the children.
- Tú das la tarea a la maestra. – You give the homework to the teacher.
- Yo doy las reglas a los estudiantes. – I give students the rules.
Pretty basic stuff…
…But there are also Spanish expressions that use the verb “dar”, and once you have learned the above which shouldn’t take too long – the below is the more interesting and essential stuff about DAR.