Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Where Are Your Friends?


Maybe you have been with a couple of friends, but at this moment you are alone. Imagine you meet a relative, another friend or colleague. That person knows a couple of friends are supposed to be with you and says to you "where are your friends?".

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿Dónde están tus amigos?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿Dónde están sus amigos?


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 what you want to say. There are many different ways in which you could answer this question. Perhaps you want to choose between saying that your friends are:
  • At home home
  • Some other specific place

Here are some examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • Están en casa (they are at home)
  • Están en el centro (they are in the centre/ downtown)
  • Están en el museo (they are in the museum)
  • Están en el cine (they are in the cinema)
  • Están en la farmacia (they are in the chemist)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Dónde están tus amigos?

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