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Ir a, Acabar de, Volver a + Infinitive

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How do you use Acabar de infinitive?


Ir a/Acabar de/Volver a + Infinitive in Spanish
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Many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form.

e.g.

 ircaminar – (to go) (to walk)

Yo voy a caminar un poco – I’m going to walk a little

acabar, trabajar – (to finish) (to work)

Tú acabaste de trabajar You just finished working

  saber, cantar  (to know) (to sing)

Lily sabe cantar  Lily knows how to sing.

volver, escribir – (to return) (to write)

Pedro vuelve a escribir un libro – Pedro writes a book again.


Note: One such expression combines the verb “ir” (conjugated) with an infinitive. The preposition “a” is always used.

The formula is:

Verb “ir” conjugated  + a + infinitive = to be going to do something (in the near future)

e.g.

Voy a llegar tarde – I’m going to be late.

Vas a enviar el paquete.- You are going to send the package.

Ella va a hablar con el chico.- She is going to talk to the boy.

Mami va a cocinar carne asada – Mummy is going to cook roast meat

 

– Here are some useful words and expressions for exactly when you are going to do something.

hoy – today

mañana – tomorrow

más tarde – later

esta tarde – this afternoon

la semana que viene – next week

el mes que viene – next month

el año que viene – next year

esta noche – tonight

mañana por la mañana – tomorrow morning

mañana por la tarde – tomorrow afternoon

mañana por la noche – tomorrow night

 

Ir a/Acabar de/Volver a + Infinitive in spanish

Acabar de + infinitive

Many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form.

Note: One such expression combines the verb “acabar” (conjugated) with an infinitive. The preposition “de” is always used.

 

The formula is:

Verb “acabar” conjugated + de + infinitive = to have just done something (in the very recent past)

e.g.

Acabo de llegar tarde. – I just arrived late.

Acabas de enviar el paquete. – You just sent the package.

Ella acaba de hablar con el chico.- She just talked to the boy.

Mami acaba de cocinar carne asada – Mummy just cooked roast meat

 

Ir a Acabar de Volver a

Volver a + infinitive

Many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form.

Note: One such expression combines the verb “volver” (conjugated) with an infinitive. The preposition “a” is always used.

The formula is:

Verb “volver” conjugated + a + infinitive = to do something again

e.g.

Vuelvo a quererte – I love you again

Paola vuelve a entrar – Paola re-enters

Nosotros volvemos a visitar la ciudad – We return to visit the city

 

Note: Remember, “volver” is an “o:ue” stem-changing verb.

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