Saturday, 13 September 2014

Who Doesn't Feel Like Studying At All?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about some people's lack of enthusiasm for studying.

At some point, the other person says: "who doesn't feel like studying at all?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Quién no tiene ninguna gana de estudiar?


OUR TIP
Answering this question should be straightforward. Naming the person who doesn't feel like studying may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression tener gana de to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • No tengo ninguna gana de estudiar (I don't feel like studying at all);
  • No tienes ninguna gana de estudiar, ¿verdad? (you don't feel like studying at all, do you?);
  • Pedro no tiene ninguna gana de estudiar (Pedro doesn't feel like studying at all);
  • María no tiene ninguna gana de estudiar (María doesn't feel like studying at all);
  • No tenemos ninguna gana de estudiar (we don't feel like studying at all);
  • Pedro y María no tienen ninguna gana de estudiar (Pedro and María don't feel like studying at all);


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quién no tiene ninguna gana de estudiar?

*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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