Friday, 4 July 2014

Where Did You Arrange To Meet?


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 you being on a blind date. At some point, the other person says: "where did you arrange to meet?"

In Spanish, he/she could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Dónde os disteis cita?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Dónde se dieron cita ustedes?


Answering this question should be straightforward. Indicating or naming a place might well be sufficient. However, the question includes an expression (darse cita) which you could use to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Nos dimos cita en la estación (we arranged to meet at the station);
  • Nos dimos cita en un bar (we arranged to meet in a bar);
  • Nos dimos cita en el centro (we arranged to meet in the centre);
  • Nos dimos cita en un sitio muy tranquilo (we arranged to meet in a very quiet place);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Dónde os disteis cita?

*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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