Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Were You Wanting To Watch TV?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. Maybe you are unsure about what each one of you wants to do and are putting forward ideas. At some point the other person says to you something like: "were you wanting to watch TV?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Querías ver la tele?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quería (usted) ver la tele?


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 ver la tele (yes, I wanted to watch TV);
  • Sí, quería ver las noticias (yes, I wanted watch the news);
  • No, no quería ver la tele, quería escuchar la radio (no, I didn't want to watch TV, I wanted to listen to the radio);
  • No, no quería ver la tele, quería leer el periódico (no, I didn't want to watch TV, I wanted to read the newspaper);
  • No, no quería ver la tele, quería hacer los deberes de español (no, I didn't want to watch TV, I wanted to do my Spanish homework);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Querías ver la tele?

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