Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Have Those Trousers Stretched?


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 the clothes you are wearing.

Pointing to your trousers, which appear big on you, the other person says: "have those trousers stretched?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Han dado de sí esos pantalones?


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

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Sí, han dado de sí (yes, they have stretched);
  • Sí, han dado un poco de sí (yes, they have stretched a little);
  • Sí, han dado bastante de sí (yes, they have stretched quite a bit);
  • Sí, han dado mucho de sí (yes, they have stretched a lot);
  • No, no han dado de sí, siempre me han quedado grandes (no, they haven't stretched, they have always been big on me);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Han dado de sí esos pantalones?

*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

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