Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Is There A Church Around Here?


This post is about giving information about facilities in the vicinity, and more specifically about the availability of a church nearby.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. The other person is looking for a church. He/ she doesn't know the locality, but believes that you do and says to you something like: "is there a church around here?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Hay una iglesia por aquí?

The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not there are any churches in the vicinity. A yes/no answer may be strictly sufficient. However, with little effort, your answer could be a lot more informative

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Sí, hay una iglesia cerca de aquí (yes, there is a church near here)
  • Sí, hay una iglesia bastante cerca (yes, there is a church quite near)
  • Sí, hay una iglesia muy cerca (yes, there is a church very near)
  • Sí, hay una iglesia a la vuelta de la esquina (yes, there is a church around the corner)
  • Sí, hay una iglesia al otro lado de la calle (yes, there is a church on the other side of the street/ road)
  • Sí, hay varias iglesias bastante cerca (yes, there are several churches quite near)
  • No, por aquí no hay ninguna iglesia (no, there aren't any churches around here)
  • No, por aquí no hay iglesias (no, there are no churches around here)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Hay una iglesia por aquí?

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