Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Is Anybody Thirsty?


This post deals with a typical use of the verb tener*.


Imagine you are with a couple of relatives, friends or work colleagues.

After you have been talking for a little time, someone says: "is anybody thirsty?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿Alguien tiene sed?


Answering this question should be straightforward. Naming someone who is thirsty may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression tener sed to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Yo tengo sed (I am thirsty);
  • tienes sed, ¿verdad? (you are thirsty, aren't you -familiar);
  • Usted tiene sed, ¿verdad? (you are thirsty, aren't you -formal);
  • Pedro tiene sed (Pedro is thirsty);
  • María tiene sed (Maria is thirsty);
  • Nadie tiene sed (nobody is thirsty);
  • Todos tenemos sed (we are all thirsty);
  • Vosotros tenéis sed, ¿verdad? (you are thirsty, aren't you -people/ plural familiar);
  • Ustedes tienen sed, ¿verdad? (you are thirsty, aren't you -people/ plural formal);
  • Pedro y María tienen sed (Pedro and Maria are thirsty);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Alguien tiene sed?

*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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