/// Spanish For Restaurants- Notes on the Basic Sentences


1.The Spanish equivalent of 'bring me' in this sentence is a mí traigame 'to me bring me'. The reason why a mí is present is to indicate contrast with what the other person is having. This is shown in English by extra stress on the word me, but in Spanish one cannot make the contrast by placing stress on the me of .

2.Note that there are two verbs meaning 'have' in Spanish. You have already had tener, which means 'have' in the sense of 'possess'. This new verb, haber, means 'have' the auxiliary verb form in verb constructions like 'have gone, have been,' etc. Constructions with haber will be drilled and explained in detail in Unit 9.

3.This is the first occurrence in the dialogs of the use of the verb and pronoun for forms that are ordinarily called the familiar forms. They are in contrast with the formal forms that go with the pronouns usted and ustedes. As explained, the problem of when to use tú and when to use usted is a very complex one indeed and you should observe throughout all the remainder of the text which people use the tĂș forms with each other and which ones use usted.

4.Notice that the single word buscar means 'to look for', not just 'to look' - that is, no preposition is needed to translate the 'for' part of 'look for'.



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