Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Como

The word of the day is: 'como'= how.
In Spanish, the adverb  'como' is used to indicate the manner in which actions or activities take place... it is also used to ask about the manner in which actions or activities take place.
 The preposition, 'como' is used in comparisons, indicating  equality or similarity and meaning: as/ such as/ like (see examples below).
The conjunction 'como' is used in conditional sentences, meaning if and in such cases, it is followed by a subjunctive (see examples below).

'Como', from the verb 'comer' means  I eat (present tense, first person, singular).
As a noun 'el como' means the how.
 
Grammar.- When used in questions or excalamations, we should place an accent over the 'o', i.e.: 'cómo' (see examples below).

We also use 'como' in expressions such as:
  • Como nunca (as never before)
  • Como nadie (as nobody else)
  • Sea como sea (whichever way/ either way)
  • Como quieras (as you like it/ any way you like it)
  • ¡Cómo! (I don't believe it!)
  • ¿Cómo? (Can you repeat please?)

Examples of usage are:
  • Viajamos como pudimos (we travelled as we could)
  • Es dulce como la miel (it as sweet as honey)
  • Hace como dos horas que llegamos (we arrived about two hours ago)
  • ¿Cómo estás? (how are you?)
  • ¡Cómo llueve! (What a way to rain!)
  • No sabemos el como ni el cuando (we don't know the how nor the where)
  • Por la mañana sólo como fruta (in the morning, I only eat fruit)
  • Vivimos como nunca (life is as good as it has ever been)
  • Pedro canta como nadie (nobody sings like Pedro)
  • Sea como sea te escribiré (either way, I will write to you)
  • Ven como quieras (come any way you like it)
Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'como' in the song 'Oye como va' by Santana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DO8GsIYfhQ

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