Monday, 30 May 2011

Cuando

The word of the day is: 'cuando'= when.

In Spanish, 'cuando' is used to indicate the time/ point in time of some action or activity... it is also used to ask about the time/ point in time of some action or activity... or as an exclamation about the time/ point in time of some action or activity. In Spanish, when 'cuando' is used to mean an indeterminate time (when it means something like 'whenever') and is followed by a verb, the subjunctive should be used.

Grammar.- When used in questions or excalamations, we should place an accent over the 'a', i.e.: 'cuándo' (see examples below).

We also use 'cuando' in expressions such as:
  • De vez en cuando (from time to time)
  • Cuando más (at most)
  • Cuando menos (at least)
  • Cada cuando (every so often)
Examples of usage are:
  • Hoy es cuando quiero verte (it is today that I want to see you)
  • Cuando llegues hablamos (when/ whenever you get here we will talk)
  • Cuando quieras nos vamos (we will leave whenever you want)
  • ¡Cuándo aprenderé! (when will I learn!)
  • ¿Hasta cuándo vamos a seguir esperando? (until when shall we have to continue waiting?)
  • ¿Desde cuándo conoces a Juan? (since when have you known Juan)
  • ¿Para cuándo lo harás?  (when will you have it done/ finished)
Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'cuando' in the song 'Cuando me enamoro' sung by Enrique Iglesias y Juan Luis Guerra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DO8GsIYfhQ

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