This post showcases/ highlights a typical use of the verb tener*.
See other practical examples of the use of tener
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. Your look a little tired and the other person says: "do you feel sleepy?"
In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Tiene usted sueño?
A straightforward yes/ no answer could be sufficient. But if you wanted to be a bit more informative you could say:
- Sí, tengo sueño (yes, I feel sleepy);
- Sí, tengo un poco de sueño (yes, I feel a little sleepy);
- Sí, tengo bastante sueño (yes, I feel quite sleepy);
- Sí, tengo mucho sueño (yes, I feel very sleepy);
- No, no tengo sueño (no, I don't feel sleepy);
Now you should practise answering the question:
*See uses of verb tener below
*Verb tener - Typical Uses/ Expressions
Tener calor To feel hot Tener celos To feel jealousy/ to be jealous Tener cuidado To be careful Tener dolor To feel pain/ to have an ache Tener envidia To feel envy/ to be envious Tener fiebre To be feverish Tener frío To feel cold Tener ganas de algo To look forward to something Tener hambre To feel hungry Tener la culpa To be at fault Tener miedo To feel afraid Tener pensado To have in mind Tener prisa To be in hurry Tener sed To feel thirsty Tener sueño To feel sleepy Tener suerte To be lucky Tener tos To have a cough Tener xx* años/ meses/ etc. To be xx years/ months/ etc. old Tenerle rabia a alguien To have it in for someone
*NB Express ages by conjugating tener and replacing xx with a number. For example, I am 18 years old = tengo 18 años.
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