Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Is There A Tube Station Around Here?

Introduction



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




SCENARIO


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

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


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not there are any tube station entrances 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 estación de metro cerca de aquí (yes, there is a tube station near here);
  • Sí, hay una estación de metro bastante cerca (yes, there is a tube station quite near);
  • Sí, hay una estación de metro muy cerca (yes, there is a tube station very near);
  • Sí, hay una estación de metro a la vuelta de la esquina (yes, there is a tube station around the corner);
  • Sí, hay una estación de metro al otro lado de la calle (yes, there is a tube station on the other side of the street/ road);
  • No, por aquí no hay ninguna estación de metro (no, there aren't any tube stations around here);
  • No, por aquí no hay estaciones de metro (no, there are no tube stations around here);

Notes




*Also be known as 'underground' or 'subway'





Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Hay una estación de metro por aquí?

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