Mr. Suárez: “Puedo prometer y prometo…” (B1)

Adolfo-Suarez3Adolfo Suárez died last Sunday, the 23rd. Maybe, our students on www.spanishviaskype.com don’t know this man; however, if I tell you that he was the first Prime Minister of Spanish democracy, I’m sure you’ll understand that this has been  shocking news in Spain.

Adolfo Suárez was the Spanish Prime Minister from 1976 to 1981, when he resigned, just before a coup. Nevertheless, many Spaniards know him due to a famous sentence he said in one of his speeches: “Puedo prometer y prometo que…”. (I can promise, and I promise that…).

Today we’re going to learn some patterns to express promesas (promises). When we promise something, we’re quite sure about it. So, we can use the Futuro imperfecto de Indicativo (The Future tense):

  • Prometo que estudiaré más (I promise I’ll study more).
  • Te juro que te ayudaré (I swear I’ll help you).
  • Te doy mi palabra de que estaremos siempre juntos (I give you my word we’ll always be toguether).
  • Os aseguro que tendremos éxito (I assure you we’ll succeed).
  • Señor, le garantizo que no volveré a hacerlo. (Sir, I guarantee I won’t do it again).

Actually, the meaning of promise is in the future tense itself. The verbs prometer, jugar, dar la palabra, asegurar, or garantizar are just reinforcements.

Las promesas are typical of politicians. Most of them, no las cumplen (don’t keep them), but some exceptions sometimes happen. Descanse en Paz (Rest in peace).

You’ll find Adolfo Suárez’s speech below. If you want to understand all of it, you can reserve a Free Trial Lesson via Skype with us.

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:12+00:00 Marzo 26th, 2014|Pocket Grammar, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

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