is almost certainly the most common preposition
in Spanish. It usually means "of" or "from" and is also used in a wide range of verbal and adjectival phrases. One reason it's so common is that Spanish, unlike English, doesn't allow the willy-nilly use of nouns
as adjectives. So de fills that void, letting you use nouns to form descriptive phrases. De also is used to indicate possession, origin and other characteristics.
The Spanish future tense
isn't always used to talk about events that will or might happen in the future. As in English, it also can be used to give stern commands
, as in "you WILL do your homework!" or "¡harás la tarea!
" And in Spanish, the future tense can also be used to indicate that something is likely at the present. For example, será las dos
can mean "it's probably 2 o'clock."
Although the differences between the "house" and "home" are very roughly
similar to the differences between Spanish casa
, respectively, hogar
is far from the only way that "home" can be translated. In fact, the concept of "home" can be translated dozens of ways into Spanish, as explained in our lesson on "Spanish words for 'home.'
Sometimes you need not only to tell people something, but also to make clear that you're certain about it. Our newest lesson, on expressing certainty, tells you how.