Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Who Had Thought About Going To The Cinema?

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 people who were thinking about going to the cinema.

At some point, the other person says: "who had thought about going to the cinema?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Quién tenía pensado ir al cine?


OUR TIP

Answering this question should be straightforward. Naming the person who had thought about going to the cinema may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression tener pensado to make your answer more informative.


Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Yo tenía pensado ir al cine (I had thought about going to the cinema);
  • tenías pensado ir al cine, ¿no? (you had thought about going to the cinema, hadn't you);
  • Nadie tenía pensado ir al cine (nobody had thought about going to the cinema);
  • Pedro tenía pensado ir al cine (Pedro had thought about going to the cinema);
  • María tenía pensado ir al cine (María had thought about going to the cinema);
  • Nosotros teníamos pensado ir al cine (we had thought about going to the cinema);
  • Pedro y María tenían pensado ir al cine (Pedro and María had thought about going to the cinema);


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quién tenía pensado ir al cine?

*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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