Friday, 2 November 2012

When Are You Going To Go To Spain?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the future in general, and saying when you intend going to Spain in particular.





SCENARIO

Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. You are talking about each other's future plans. Maybe you are trying to arrange some joint activity. Maybe you have intimated that you intend visiting Spain. At some point, the other person says to you: "when are you going to go to Spain?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Cuándo vas a ir a España?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Cuándo va a ir (usted) a España?


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to say what your travel plans for travelling to Spain. When you say what your plans are, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question.



Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Voy a ir a España el martes (I am going to go to Spain on Tuesday)
  • Voy a ir a España mañana (I am going to go to Spain tomorrow)
  • Voy a ir a España pasado mañana (I am going to go to Spain the day after tomorrow)
  • Voy a ir a España la semana que viene (I am going to go to Spain next week)
  • Voy a ir a España el mes que viene (I am going to go to Spain next month)
  • Voy a ir a España el año que viene (I am going to go to Spain next year)
  • Voy a ir a España en enero (I am going to go to Spain in January)
  • Voy a ir a España el dos de enero (I am going to go to Spain on January second)
  • Voy a ir a España el lunes dos de enero (I am going to go to Spain on Monday January second)

*Notes
Please note common ways of expressing this future in Spanish:
1. Using the future tense, as in:
  • Iré a España el martes (I will go to Spain on Tuesday)
  • Iré a España el mes que viene (I will go to Spain next month)
  • Iré a España en enero (I will go to Spain in January)

2. Using the verb ir + an infinitive, as in:
  • Voy a ir a España el martes (I am going to go to Spain on Tuesday)
  • Voy a ir a España el mes que viene (I am going to go to Spain next month)
  • Voy a ir a España en enero (I am going to go to Spain in January)


3. Using the present tense, as in:
  • Voy a España el martes (I am going to Spain on Tuesday)
  • Voy a España el mes que viene (I am going to Spain next month)
  • Voy a España en enero (I am going to Spain in January)


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cuándo vas a ir a España?

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