Friday, 6 March 2015

What Do You Find Disgusting?

Introduction


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






SCENARIO



Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about things you like, you don't like and things you find disgusting.

At some point, the other person says: "what do you find disgusting?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué cosas te dan asco?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Qué cosas le dan a usted asco?


OUR TIP

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


Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Me dan asco las cucarachas (I find cockroaches disgusting);
  • Me dan asco las ratas (I find rats disgusting);
  • Me da asco la falta de higiene personal (I find the lack of personal hygiene disgusting);
  • Me da asco la gente que mastica con la boca abierta (I find disgusting people who chew with the mouth open);
  • Pocas cosas me dan asco las ratas (I find few things disgusting);
  • No me da asco nada (I don't find anything disgusting);


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Qué cosas te dan asco?

*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 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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