Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Were You Wanting To Stay At Home?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. The other person starts exploring the possibility of going out together. However, it soon becomes apparent that you might not be keen on going out. On realising that, the other person says to you something like: "were you wanting to stay at home?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Querías quedarte en casa?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quería (usted) quedarse en casa?


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to say what you want to do. When saying what you want to do, you should not need to be concerned about the level of formality in the original question. Your main concern should be about saying what you wanted to do.

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Sí, quería quedrame en casa (yes, I wanted to stay at home);
  • Sí, quería quedrame en casa y escuchar música (yes, I wanted to stay at home and listen to some music);
  • Sí, quería quedrame en casa y descansar (yes, I wanted to stay at home and have a rest);
  • No, no quería quedarme en casa, quería ir al cine (no, I didn't want to stay at home, I wanted to go to the cinema);
  • No, no quería quedarme en casa, quería salir a cenar fuera (no, I didn't want to stay at home, I wanted to go out for dinner);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Querías quedarte en casa?

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