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'Claro' Commonly Used To Show Agreement

Word Often Means 'Of Course' or 'Obviously'

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Other than , the word for "yes," claro is probably the word most commonly used in Spanish for expressing agreement, either with something someone has said or with a statement expressed earlier by the speaker. As an intensifier, claro can be translated in a variety of ways, depending on the context. Common translations include "of course," "evidently," "obviously" and "yes." In such usages claro usually functions as a sentence adverb or an interjection.

Here are some examples of its use:

  • Claro que no es bueno. (Clearly it's no good.)
  • Claro que no todo es un lecho de rosas. (Obviously not everything is a bed of roses.)
  • Sí, claro, quiero saber dónde estás, cómo estás. (Yes, of course, I want to know where you are, how you are.)
  • — ¿Me reconoces? — ¡Claro que sí! ("Do you recognize me?" "Of course!")
  • ¡Claro que no puedes! (Of course you can't!)
  • Claro que tienes pruebas. (Surely you have proof.)
  • ¡Claro que no! (Of course not!)
  • ¿Salimos? ¡Claro! (Are we leaving? Sure!)
  • Sabemos lo que sabemos, claro. (We know what we know, evidently.)
Additionally, as an adjective, claro has a variety of meanings including "light in color," "clear," "evident," "weak" or "thin" (in the sense of being watered down), and "frank."
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