Friday, 14 December 2012

Who Do You Mean?


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a colleague about one of your acquaintances. Unable to establish who your acquaintance is, the other person says: "who do you mean?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿A quién te refieres?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A quién se refiere (usted)?


Responding should be quite straightforward. However, before you reply, you should decide how you are going to refer to the person you are calling*.

If the person you are meaning is a female (her name is María Botero) and you want to refer to her in an informal manner, you could say:
  • Me refiero a María Botero (I am calling Maria Botero);
  • Me refiero a mi amiga María Botero (I am calling my friend Maria Botero);

* NB See examples of replies when meaning:

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A quién te refieres?

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