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The use of "te" as "it" - very confusing!



Hi all - 
I have run into a few sentences in the conversations that just do not make sense to me - here are two examples that have come up twice:

¿Cómo te va en el trabajo? - - How is it going at work?

¿Cómo te va con la fiesta? - - How is it going with the party?

Wouldn't "te" be le (or la) - From what I am understanding, "te" is "you" - these two sentences, from what I (think) I have learned so far, do not make sense.  

Can anyone help me here?  These can be found in lesson 6.2, Pastimes, under Extra Vocabulary.
Any and all input would be soooo appreciated!

Thanks and have a good weekend. :)




A more literal translation of your examples should make more sense:

¿Cómo te va en el trabajo?
How is it going (for you) at work?

¿Cómo te va con la fiesta?
How is it going (for you) with the party?

"Va" is the third person singular conjugation of ir, so it can mean he she or it goes.
"Te" is clarifying that the speakers is asking how things are going with you, (implied in the English translation) as opposed to someone else.

Hope this helps.

PS: while doing my lesson for today I encountered the phrase:

¿Cómo se va a Madrid?
How does one get to Madrid?
It is using the passive "se" construction, but shows another use of the word "va" and how languages cannot or are not always translated word for word.


Hi Dan - 

This was a great help,  thank you so much.  I am not quite one foot fully out of  the "word-for-word-literal-translation" chains yet, obviously.  :) 
I appreciate you taking the time to give such a simple and comprehensive answer, along with another example to help further solidify the concept.
Have a beer on me!  

Thanks a million,



Kel: ¡no te preocupes!


There is also the reflexive form, irse (to leave or to go away).

Tengo que irme.
I have to leave.


HI Robert, 
Somehow I missed this answer, thank you for posting.  The more information I gather, the less my head spins.  :)

Muchas gracias y que tengas una gran semana!


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