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In this lesson we are going to learn how to express need and interest using el verbo “querer” – the verb “to want” in Spanish (I want, you want, he/she/it wants, we want, you want, they want). In the previous Spanish lesson we looked at another Spanish verb used to express need and interest: el verbo “necesitar” (to need). We learned how to conjugate (modify from its base form) this verb for each of the different persons: yo, tú, usted, él, ella, nosotros, vosotros, ustedes and ellos and here we will do exactly the same thing with “querer” and then practice making typical sentences using this Spanish verb such as “I want to go” – “Quiero ir” or “I don’t want to go” – “No quiero ir”. You will see how easy it is to construct negative Spanish sentences (with the insertion of “no”) and questions in Spanish (with added “question” tone of voice only). Try to practice conjugating any new Spanish verb you encounter as much as you can until you remember it off by heart. The more you do it, the quicker you will get as you start to get a feel for each of the verb endings according to the person.

Lesson notes:

Querer: to want
(yo) quiero: I want
(tú) quieres: you want
(usted) quiere: you want (formal)
(él/ella) quiere: he/she wants
(nosotros) queremos: we want
(vosotros) queréis: you (group) want
(ustedes) quieren: you (group) want(formal)
(ellos) quieren: they want
Quiero un coche: I want a car.
Quiero + infinitivo: I want to…
Quiero ir: I want to go
No quiero ir: I don´t want to go
¿Quieres algo?: do you want anything?

Activity:

Translate the following…

Antonio wants this jacket.
I don´t want to eat these olives.
Do you (formal) want anything?
We want to go to Barcelona by bus.
They want Spanish omelette.

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Necesitan un coche.
¿Necesitáis algo?
Sandra necesita comprar una bicicleta.
Necesitamos beber más agua.
No necesito este abrigo, gracias.

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