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Most common phrasal verbs in Spanish

04 Jul, 2017 Popular Articles
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A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and another element (an adverb or a preposition) which changes the meaning of the original verb. It is also necessary to learn phrasal verbs so that you can easily express your idea. In this lesson, we will show you a list of most common phrasal verbs in Spanish. 

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Most common Spanish phrasal verbs you need to know

Echar a - start to/begin to

Echar a is used with verbs of movement. 

For example:

Pero cuando me di cuenta de lo fáciles que son, me eché a llorar - But when I realized how easy they were, I began to cry.

Dejar de - fail to/stop/neglect to

For example:

Así que me dije—”¡Deja de estudiar!” - So I told myself, “Stop studying!”

Volver a - begin to do something again

For example:

Así que volví a estudiarlos - So I started to study them again

Estar para - to be about to (Spain)/to be in the mood for (Latin America)

For example:

Ahora estoy para ir a España y practicar lo que aprend - Now I’m about to travel to Spain and practice what I learned

No estoy para chistes - I'm not in the mood for jokes

See: Estar in Spanish

Estar por - to be in favor of (Spain)/to be about to (Latin America)

Tener que - have to

Tengo que sacar la basura - I have to take the trash out

Pensar de - think about/have an opinion about

Use this phrasal verb if you want to express your opinion or what you think about something

For example:

¿Qué piensas de la chica de los tacones azules? - What do you think about the girl with the blue heels?

Pensar en - think of

This is different from pensar de as it implies intention. You should use this to express what is occupying your thoughts.

For example:

No puedo dejar de pensar en ti - (I can’t stop thinking about you

Soñar con - dream about

Soñé con bailar con ella toda la noche - I dreamed about dancing with her all night

Contar con - rely on/count on

Sabía que podía contar con él - I knew I could count on him

Reírse de - make fun of/laugh at

Meaning: to make fun of, to laugh at

Mi novia se rió de mí - My girlfriend was laughing at me

Alegrarse de - to be glad to

Me alegro de hacer las paces con mi novia - I’m glad to make peace with my girlfriend

Dejar de - give up

Dejé de fumar hace un año - I gave up smoking a year ago

Enamorarse de - fall in love with someone

La audiencia debe enamorarse de usted - The audience must fall in love with you

Casarse con - marry

If you want to indicate that a person got married to someone, add con behind casarse.

Debe casarse con ella - You ought to marry her

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