How do we use the verb ‘quedar’?

ID-100341101Many of our students get confused when they hear the verb ‘quedar’ because it has many different meanings depending on the context. That’s why two years ago we wrote this post about this issue. Now, we have decided to go over it again, explaining the most common ways ‘quedar’ can be used in everyday conversation, so please keep reading!

TO MEET UP

  • Mis hermanas y yo hemos quedado en el restaurante a las diez = My sisters and I are meeting at the restaurant at ten.
  • He quedado con Lucía en la piscina = I’ve arranged to meet Lucía at the swimming pool.

TO BE LEFT OVER

  • No me queda ningún caramelo = I don’t have any candy left.
  • No quedan billetes (de avión) = There are no plane tickets left.
  • ¿Queda azúcar? = Is there any sugar left?

TO SUIT

  • Te queda bien = It suits you.
  • Te queda pequeño = It’s too small.
  • Esos zapatos te quedan genial = Those shoes look great on you.

TO AGREE TO DO SOMETHING / TO ARRANGE TO DO SOMETHING

  • Quedamos en ir al cine = We agreed to go to the movies.
  • No quedamos en  nada =  We didn’t agree on anything.
  • Quedamos en ayudar a María = We agreed to help María.

TO BE (situated)

  • El zoo queda al norte de la ciudad = The zoo is in the north of the city.
  • La estación de tren queda detrás del colegio = The train station is behind the school. 

STILL TO BE DONE

  • Queda mucho por hacer = There’s still a lot to be done.
  • Queda poco hasta la boda = It’s not long until the wedding.

TO KEEP/TAKE SOMETHING

  • Me quedo con este libro = I’ll keep this book.
  • Mi ex marido se quedó con mi coche = My ex husband kept my car.

TO STAY/LODGE (quedarse is a reflexive verb)

  • Me quedé en un hotel de tres estrellas = I stayed in a 3-star hotel.
  • Nos quedamos en casa = We stayed at home.
  • Elena no quería quedarse en París = Elena didn’t want to stay in Paris.

IN A SITUATION/STATE

  • Quedar sin hogar =To be left homeless.
  • Quedar ciego = To be blind.
  • Quedar viudo/a =To be widowed.

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