Me pondré la idea

Steven-W15

Steven-W15

Interesting expression (heard off a video). "Pondré" is "I will put" (from poner). Google translates this is "I'll get the idea." The context is one person suggests a course of action and the other person, the one who says this, is the one who then acts on it. I didn't see any clear examples of this phrase on the web.

Dan-H24

Dan-H24

Pondré is the first person singular conjugation of poner in the future tense, right? (Interesting to me because I am studying the future tense at the moment.)

It looks to me like one of those uses of poner that doesn't translate into English naturally. I was Skyping with a Spanish woman yesterday and we were talking about how asking for things in Spanish is much more direct: saying to the waitress,  "quiero una cerveza" is quite natural in Spanish, "I want a beer" to a waitress in the US  would seem rude. 

She used the example, "¿Qué te pongo?", the answer being "ponme una cerveza,"

What can I put you? Put me a beer. It almost sounds like verbal shorthand to me:

I will put (it into action).

What can I put (on the table, in the glass) for you?

Put me a beer (in the glass). Maybe a bit like our expression, "pour me a beer."

 

Steven-W15

Steven-W15

Good thoughts. And thanks for steering me to conversationexchange.com. I just finished my first conversation with someone from Spain - most encouraging. I'm going to try to do that regularly.

Cristian-Montes-de-Oca

Cristian-Montes-de-Oca

Hola

In Mexico we also use "poner" in a similar way you guy use "to wear".

"Que te vas a poner para la fiesta?" (what are you going to wear for the party?).

"Me pondré la idea" could be something like, "I will get the idea".

saludos!

 

Steven-W15

Steven-W15

Thanks, Cristian. Your insights are always appreciated.

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