Hola, amores! Today in this article we’ll learn how to say to in Spanish. Do you know? Here we go then, it’s a thrilling adventure!
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Using To in Spanish: a quick guide
Alright amigues, this is a quick guide for using to in Spanish. Shall we begin? Let’s go!
- Using “to” as “a”
“A” is a very common preposition in Spanish, let’s see its usage. For example, if you’re going to travel (“Voy a ir a Buenos Aires” / I am going to go to Buenos Aires), you use “to” as “a”. Easy, right? It literally means a movement from one place to another. Nevertheless, we use “a” as a preposition for indirect objects, like here: “Llamé a la abuela” (I called grandma). In English, we don’t need a preposition before the object, but in Spanish we do, to distinguish it from the direct object.
- “To” as “hacia”
Again, another preposition. If you move one object to another place or if you’re giving directions, you will use “hacia”. For instance: “Giro hacia la izquierda” (I turn to the left).
- “To” as “para”
Imagine that you write a letter to someone or you are making a present to someone, you will say “para”, i.e.: “From me to you” (De mí para vos / tú).
- Using “to” as “hasta”
-How long are you staying there?
-To the end of the week.
-¿Cuánto tiempo te quedás allá?
-Hasta el fin de la semana.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Is there just one way to say “to” in Spanish?
Actually, no. Whereas in English we use “to” as a wildcard and anything goes. However in Spanish, it depends entirely on the context we’re employing that word. For instance, it is not the same to say “Voy a ir a París” (I am going to go to Paris) than “Voy a ir para París” (the translation is the same, but “a” and “para” are different prepositions and therefore, have different meanings.
- What does “to” in Spanish mean?
“To” is a preposition that can be used in a variety of ways: “a”, “hasta”, “para”, “hacia”, “de”, “desde” and they all have their own rules and meanings.
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