Thursday, 19 June 2014

Are You Going To Hurry Up?


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


Imagine you are with a relative, a friend or a work colleague. You are running short of time to complete some activity. At some point, the other person says: "are you going to hurry up?"

In Spanish, he/she could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Vas a darte prisa?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Va usted a darse prisa?


Answering this question should be straightforward. A yes/ no answer may just be sufficient. However, you could use the expression darse prisa to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Sí, voy a darme prisa (yes, I am going to hurry up);
  • Sí, me va hacer falta darme prisa (ye, I will need to hurry up);
  • No, no hace falta darme pisa (no, I don't need to hurry up);
  • No, no voy a darme prisa (no, I am not going to hurry up);
  • Vale, démonos prisa (OK, let's hurry up);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Vas a darte prisa?

*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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