Thursday, 29 September 2011

Do You Have Any Friends In...?

Imagine you are talking about friends in distance places with a relative, a friend or a colleague.  Perhaps you are talking about Barcelona. You might have said something which gave the impression that perhaps you have some friends in Barcelona. The other person wants to ask you if you have friends in Barcelona.

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿Tienes amigos en Barcelona?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿Tiene (usted) amigos en Barcelona?


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:
  • Have friends in Barcelona
  • Do not have friends in Barcelona

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • Sí, tengo amigos en Barcelona (Have friends there)
  • No, no tengo amigos en Barcelona (Do not have friends there)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Tienes amigos en Barcelona?

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