Sunday, 23 December 2012

Who Is That For?

SCENARIO



Imagine you have just met a relative, a friend or a colleague. You have something in your hands and the other person being curious points to it and says: "who is that for?"

In Spanish, the other person would most likely say:
¿Para quién es eso?




OUR TIP


Responding should be quite straightforward. You could consider two cases:



1. What you have in your hands is for yourself. A typical reply could be:
  • Es para mi (it is for myself);

2. What you have in your hands is for someone else. In this case you need to decide how you want to refer to the person in question1. Typical replies could be:
  • Es para usted (it is for you);
  • Es para usted, don2 Pedro (it is for you, Pedro);
  • Es para usted, señor Martínez (it is for you, Mr Martinez);
  • Es para usted, doña2 María (it is for you, Maria);
  • Es para usted, señora Martínez (it is for you, Mrs Martinez);
  • Es para don2 Carlos (it is for Carlos);
  • Es para doña2 Ana (it is for Ana);

Notes
1. You choose answers like these when you want to refer to people more formally. Click here see how to reply referring to people in a less formal way.

2. Spanish titles don and doña (English equivalents Mr and Mrs respectively) are used with given names and not with surnames (in some parts their use is less common).


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Para quién es eso?

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