Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Do You Still Feel Hot?


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


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about altering thermostat of the heating/ air conditioning of the room you are in (in the office/ in your own living room/ etc.).

At some point, the other person says: "do you still feel hot?"

In Spanish, he/she could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Todavía tienes calor?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Todavía tiene usted calor?


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

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Sí, todavía tengo calor (yes, still I feel hot);
  • Sí, todavía tengo un poco de calor (yes, still I feel a little bit hot);
  • Sí, todavía tengo mucho calor (yes, I still feel very hot);
  • No, ya no tengo calor (no, I no longer feel hot);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Todavía tienes calor?

*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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