This post showcases/ highlights a typical use of the verb dar*.
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. You have recently eaten at a restaurant which was:
- Very busy, even chaotic
Whilst relating your experiences, you intimate that the staff were run off their feet and often could not cope.
At some point, the other person says: "who could not cope?"
In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿Quién no daba abasto?
Answering this question should be straightforward. Indicating or naming a person(s) might well be sufficient. However, the question includes an expression (no dar abasto) which you could use to make your answer more informative.
Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
- Los camareros no daban abasto (the waiters could not cope);
- Algunos camareros no daban abasto (some waiters could not cope);
- Uno de los camareros no daba abasto (one of the waiters could not cope);
- El jefe de cocina no daba abasto (the chef could not cope);
- El chef no daba abasto (the chef could not cope);
- El maître no daba abasto (the head waiter could not cope);
Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quién no daba abasto?
*See uses of verb dar below
*Verb Dar - Typical Uses/ Expressions
Dar alcance a To catch up with someone/ something Dar apuro To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed Dar asco To cause nausea/ to make one feel nauseated Dar calabazas To reject/ to give the brush off Dar caña To hurry/ to harry/ to speed up Dar celos To cause jealousy/ to make one feel jealous Dar clase de To teach a subject Dar corte To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed Dar cosa To cause fear/ unease/ discomfort Dar de alta To discharge/ To give the all clear (medical) Dar de baja To give leave (medical) Dar de sí To be elastic/ stretchable Dar envidia To cause envy/ make one feel envy Dar ganas de To feel like doing something Dar lástima To be in a sorry state/ to move someone to feel pity Dar miedo To cause fear/ to make one feel frightened Dar pena To cause pity/ sadness Dar rabia To anger/ to make one mad Dar vergüenza To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed Darse cita To meet/ to come together Darse prisa To hurry up No dar abasto To be overloaded/ To be unable to cope
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