Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Were You Wanting To Go Shopping?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. Maybe you are discussing what to do. You appear to be keen on doing some shopping and the other person says to you something like: "were you wanting to go shopping?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Querías ir de compras?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quería (usted) ir de compras?


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not you want to go shopping. 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 ir de compras (yes, I wanted to go shopping);
  • Sí, quería ir de compras por el centro (yes, I wanted to go shopping in the town centre/ downtown);
  • Sí, quería ir de compras en un centro comercial (yes, I wanted to go shopping in a shopping centre/ mall);
  • No, no quería ir de compras, quería ir a tomar algo (no, I didn't want to go shopping, I would like to go for a drink);
  • No, no quería ir de compras, quería ir al cine (no, I didn't want to go shopping, I would like to go to the cinema);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Querías ir de compras?

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