Saturday, 23 July 2011

Are You Not Having A Drink?

Imagine you are talking about food/ drink with a relative, a friend or a colleague.  Perhaps you are at a bar discussing what your order. You might have said something which gave the impression that perhaps you don't want anything to drink. The other person wants to ask you if you are not going to have a drink.

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿No vas a tomar nada?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿(Usted) no va a tomar nada?


You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer. Your answer depends only on whether you want to say that you:
  • Do not want a drink
  • Do want a drink

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • No, no quiero tomar nada, gracias (don't want it)
  • Sí, voy a tomar un refresco (do want it)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿No vas a tomar nada?

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