Friday, 26 August 2011

Do You Not Want To Go For A Drink?

Imagine you are talking about leisure activities with a relative, a friend or a colleague.  Perhaps you are talking about things you could do in general or going out for a drink in particular. You might have said something which gave the impression that perhaps you are not very keen on going for a drink. The other person wants to ask you if you do not want to go for a drink.

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿No quieres salir a tomar algo?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿No quiere (usted) salir a tomar algo?


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:
  • Don't want to go for a drink
  • Do want to go for a drink

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • No, no quiero salir a tomar algo (don't want to go)
  • Sí, claro que quiero salir a tomar algo (do want to go)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿No quieres salir a tomar algo?

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