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 everyday life.
At some point you intimate that perhaps sometimes you feel a bit envious. Seeking some clarification on that point, the other person says: "who do you envy?"
In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Quién te da envidia?
Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quién le da (a usted) envidia?
Answering this question should be straightforward. Naming a person may be sufficient. However, you may also use the expression dar envidia to make your point clearer.
Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
- Me da envidia mi amigo Pedro (my friend Pedro makes me feel envious)
- Me da envidia mi amiga Ana (my friend Ana makes me feel envious)
- Me da envidia mucha gente (many people make me feel envious);
- Me da envidia muy poca gente (very few people make me feel envious);
- No me da envidia nadie (nobody makes me feel envious)
- Me dan envidia mis amigos Pedro y Ana (my friends Pedro and Ana make me feel envious)
Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quién te da envidia?
*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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