Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Who Would Like To Go To The Cinema?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



Imagine you are talking to a couple of relatives, friends or work colleagues about what do.

At some point, someone says: "who would like to go to the cinema?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Quién tiene ganas de ir al cine?


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Answering this question should be straightforward. Just naming a person may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression tener ganas de to make your answer more informative.


Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Yo no tengo ganas de ir al cine (I don't feel like going to the cinema);
  • tienes ganas de ir al cine, ¿verdad? (you feel like going to the cinema, don't you);
  • Nadie tiene ganas de ir al cine (nobody feels like going to the cinema);
  • Pedro tiene ganas de ir al cine (Pedro feels like going to the cinema );
  • María tiene muchas ganas de ir al cine (María feels very much like going to the cinema);
  • Todos tenemos ganas de ir al cine (we all feel like going to the cinema);
  • Pedro y María tienen ganas de ir al cine (Pedro and María feel like going to the cinema);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quién tiene ganas de 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 feel like doing something/ 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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