Friday, 12 August 2011

Are You Not Hungry?

Imagine you are talking about how you are feeling with a relative, a friend or a colleague.  Perhaps it is breakfast/ lunch/dinner time. You might have said something which gave the impression you are not feeling hungry. The other person wants to ask you if you are not hungry.

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿No tienes hambre?

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


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:
  • Are hungry
  • Are not hungry

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • Sí, tengo mucha hambre (very hungry)
  • No, no tengo hambre (not hungry)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿No tienes hambre?

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