The use of Que in Spanish

fiona-hk

fiona-hk

Porque tenemos que llegar al aeropuerto a las seis.

What does "que" mean in this sentence?

ricardo-rich

ricardo-rich

Hola Fiona,

"Tener que" means to have to, must. Tengo que salir, I have to leave. The sentence means "Because we have to arrive at the airport at six.

Saludos,

Ricardo

 

 

Dan-H24

Dan-H24

I think that "que" is the duct tape of the Spanish language, because it has so many useful functions.

 

ricardo-rich

ricardo-rich

¡Bien dicho Dan!

Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

I was told that I can use a conjugated verb tener, then que and you can use another verb in it's infinitive form. Tengo que cantar en la iglesia. I took this Speed Spanish course online and this was one of the examples. "tenemos que llegar"

Steven-W15

Steven-W15

"Que is the duct tape of the Spanish language." That has to go down as one of the classic quotes. Brillant.

fiona-hk

fiona-hk

Muchas gracias. All of you here.

aurora, Could you please give me more examples of this sentence structure.

 

Tener+ Que+ infinitive

Can I say "Que" means to?

 

Robert-C7

Robert-C7

You can never translate a language word for word.  Here que is simply required as part of this pattern.  If it helps, you can think que means 'to' but I think to is already included as part of the infinitive.

Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

Yo tengo que bailar

Tu tienes que estudiar

Maria tiene que aprender

nosotros tenenos que correr o caminar

Vosotros teneis que lavar sus caballos

Ellos tienen que ir a la playa

The title of the subject was "Tener que"

Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

See tienen que

¿Por qué dices que los otros amigos de Mario se tienen que comportar

 

Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

Si el cantante es malo, la banda puede tocar muy fuerte, para que no lo tenga que escuchar! Lo importante es la intención.

marieg-rocket languages

marieg-rocket languages

Very nice topic!

"Que", grammatically speaking is a conjunction and it has a lot of different uses in Spanish (the duct tape hehehe). In the first sentence Aurora-cls mentioned its acting as a part of an auxiliary verb; example: Tengo que irme. If you want a word for word translation, then it would be be "to" as Robert-C7 mentioned.

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