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 your impending departure.
At some point, the other person says: "don't you feel sad about leaving?"
In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿No te da pena irte?
In Spanish, the other person could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A usted no le da pena irse?
Answering this question should be straightforward. A yes/ no answer may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression dar pena to make your answer more informative.
Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
- Sí, me da pena irme (yes, I feel sad about leaving);
- Sí, me da mucha pena irme (yes, I feel really sad about leaving);
- Sí, me da un poco de pena irme (yes, I feel a little bit sad about leaving);
- No, no me da pena irme (no, don't I feel sad about leaving);
Now you should practise answering the question:
¿No te da pena irte?
*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