Learn ‘acabar de’ in Spanish

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Post 158/365Es jueves, 31 de agosto de 2017

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I’ll think you’ll really like today’s lesson. It’s pretty easy to use and it will serve you well.

If you are trying to say “I just ate” or “We just saw that movie” or “He’s just arrived”, you may have trouble coming up with the word ‘just‘ in Spanish.

However, one little verb is all you need to solve this sentence structure: Acabar

What a great verb! Here how it works.

There is a formula. It’s…Acabar plus de plus an infinitive.

Notice the English – I’ve just eaten or I just ate

In English we use a past tense, but in Spanish we’ll use acabar in the present tense to indicate something that we have just done.

Acabar – is a regular verb

yo acabotú acabas

élella acabaUd.

nosotros acabamosvosotros acabáis

ellosellas acabanUds.

Now add the preposition ‘de‘ and an ‘infinitive‘ (an verb that’s not been conjugated)

Yo acabo de salir – I just left / I have just left

Tú acabas de llegar – You have just arrived

élElla acaba de hacer galletas – S/he has just made cookies. or You have just made cookies.Ud.

Nosotros acabamos de pedir unas cervezas – We’ve just ordered some beers.

Vosotros acabáis de volver – You guys just returned (got back)

EllosEllas acaban de aprender el verbo acabar – You guys or they just learned the verb acabar.Uds.

Here it is in Action! Translation below

1.¿Tienes hambre?Ahorita no. Acabo de comer con mis amigos.

2.¿Qué hacen Uds?Acabamos de llamar a Luisa. Vamos al cine.

3.¿Conoces el libro ‘La Vida es Sueño’?Sí, acabo de leerlo.

4.Acabo de recibir tu e-mail. Gracias.

5.Ellos acaban de comprar un carro nuevo.Ahora necesitan comprar seguro / aseguranza.

Complete the sentences – Mix and Match

Adriana acaba de… trabajar 8 horas

Miguel acaba de… ver una película

Yo acabo de … perder las llaves

La tienda acaba de … conseguir un pasaporte

Acabamos de… cerrar

¿Acabas de …  escribir una carta

Ejemplo: La tienda acaba de…cerrar.


Here it is in Action! Translation from above

1.¿Tienes hambre? – Are you hungry?Ahorita no. Acabo de comer con mis amigos.No right now. I just ate with friends.

2.¿Qué hacen Uds? – What are you all doing?Acabamos de llamar a Luisa. Vamos al cine.We’ve just called Luisa. We’re going to the movies.

3.¿Conoces el libro ‘La Vida es Sueño’? – Do you know the book ‘Life is a Dream’?Sí, acabo de leerlo. – Yes, I just read it.

4.Acabo de recibir tu e-mail. Gracias.I just got your e-mail. Thanks

5.Ellos acaban de comprar un carro nuevo. – They’ve just bought a new car.Ahora necesitan comprar seguro / aseguranza.Now they need to buy insurance

Complete the sentences – Mix and Match

Adriana acaba de… worked 8 hours

Miguel acaba de… saw a movie

Yo acabo de … lost the keys

La tienda acaba de … got a passport

Acabamos de… closed

¿Acabas de … written a letter

Ejemplo: La tienda acaba de…cerrar.Example: The store/shop has just closed.

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Action steps:

Play around with this verb. Find lists of infinitives and see what will work.It’s not too hard to learn this verb.a. you conjugate it in the present tense and it’s a regular verbb. you get to use lots of infinitives (verbs that are not conjugated)

Here are some links back to verb lists if you want.

40 regular verbs

‘Yo’ form irregular verbs




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