Thursday, 6 June 2013

Is There A Cinema Around Here?


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


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

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

The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not there is a cinema 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 un cine cerca de aquí (yes, there is a cinema near here)
  • Sí, hay un cine bastante cerca (yes, there is a cinema quite near)
  • Sí, hay un cine muy cerca (yes, there is a cinema very near)
  • Sí, hay un cine a la vuelta de la esquina (yes, there is a cinema around the corner)
  • Sí, hay un cine al otro lado de la calle (yes, there is a cinema on the other side of the street/ road)
  • Sí, hay varios cines bastante cerca (yes, there are several cinemas quite near)
  • No, por aquí no hay ningún cine (no, there aren't any cinema around here)
  • No, por aquí no hay cines (no, there are no cinema around here)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Hay un cine por aquí?

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