Monday, 24 October 2011

Is The Beach Near?


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a colleague. You tell him/ her that you are going to the beach. Your relative, friend or colleague does not know where the beach is. He/ she decides to ask the question: "is the beach near?".

He/ she could say:
¿Está cerca la playa?


There are a variety of different ways in which this question could be answered. How you would answer depends only on how near you wish to say the beach is. Perhaps you want to choose between saying that the beach is:
  • Very near
  • Very far
  • Quite near
  • Two blocks away
  • Five minutes away by car

Here are some examples which deal with those basic possibilities:
  • Sí, la playa está muy cerca (yes, the beach is very near)
  • No, la playa está muy lejos (no, the beach is very far)
  • La playa está bastante cerca (the beach is quite near)
  • La playa está a dos manzanas (the beach is two blocks away)
  • La playa está a cinco minutos en coche (the beach is five minutes by car)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Está cerca la playa?

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