Monday, 19 May 2014

What Frightens You?


This post showcases/ highlights a typical use of the verb dar*.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about fears and phobias.

At some point, the other person says: "what frightens you?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué cosas te dan miedo?

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Qué cosas le dan a usted miedo?


Answering this question should be straightforward. Listing things which frighten you may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression dar miedo to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Me dan miedo muchas cosas (lots of things frighten me);
  • Me da miedo la oscuridad (darkness frightens me);
  • Me dan miedo las arañas (spiders frighten me);
  • Me dan miedo los murciélagos (bats frighten me);
  • No me dan miedo las serpientes (snakes don't frighten me);
  • No me da miedo nada (nothing frightens me);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Qué cosas te dan miedo?

*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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