Thursday, 24 July 2014

Do Spiders Give You The Creeps?

Introduction



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





SCENARIO



Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about what causes unease, repulsion or fear.

At some point, the other person says: "do spiders give you the creeps?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Las arañas te dan cosa?

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Las arañas le dan cosa a usted?


OUR TIP

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


Here are a couple of examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Sí, me dan cosa las arañas (yes, spiders give me the creeps);
  • No, las arañas no me dan cosa (no, spiders don't give me the creeps);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Las arañas te dan cosa?

*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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