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Learn How To Use the Spanish Verb Dejar 

Today we will learn how to use the Spanish verb dejar when it means to leave somebody or something in/at a place we are not in/at anymore. This use of the verb can have a concrete or metaphorical meaning, and we will look at instances of both.

Learn the concrete meaning of dejar

When we leave an object or a person in a physical place, we can use dejar + person or object + place to talk about it. Let’s see how this works with the following examples:

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Using dejar in the metaphorical sense

In a similar fashion, we can use dejar to talk about people or things that are not with us anymore, even if the places we left them at are not physical or real. In this case, dejar refers to giving something or someone up.

Let’s look at these sentences to understand the concept better:

A man bikes against the backdrop of a warm sun either ending or starting its daily journey.
No car, no problem!
Image by Gisela Merkuur from Pixabay 

Easy, right? Now, are you ready to take some time to practice on your own? Great! Then let’s get straight to it.

Imagine that you need to pack for a three-day trip, but your suitcase is very small. What are the things you can leave behind and won’t miss on your trip? Complete the following sentence with the objects you don’t need:

  • Para este viaje, puedo dejar ____ en casa. (For this trip, I can leave ____ at home.)

Good job on the use of the verb dejar! Now let’s continue learning!


Written by Isabel Matos 

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