Yesterday in a store I said to the owner "tiene todo." I was trying to say "you have everything."
He replied (I think) "tengo de todo." I wasn't sure if he was correcting me or not.
Did I get my question right? What was he saying?
Thanks so much, Tony
Without knowing the context, I would take it at face value because I have found that the Spanish are direct and say just what they want to say - no frills. You say that you were asking a questions so ...
You have everything? "¿Usted tiene todo?" - when the formal conjugation is used they include the pronoun 'usted."
"Tengo de todo" - [Yes] I have everything. I'm not sure why the "de" would be in there but someone else might comment on that.
Hope that helps.
Hey John, thanks for the response. Sorry, I wasn't asking a question (my mistake in the post) - I was complementing him on the huge range of stuff he had when I said "tiene todo!"
So I'm wondering if "tengo DE todo" is what he said. Is it a correct expression?
There is a difference in context between:
Imagine you go to that shop with a list of 10 items to buy and you find all you need in the shop; you could say as a comment to the shop assistant: ¡Tiene todo!
This todo here is referring to "everything you had on your list", i.e. a "specific everything".
Now, imagine you go to a shop (with no list) and after walking around the shop you realise that it is a shop where one can find absolutely everything, a huge variety of different things..., you may say:
This todo means a "general everything", so whenever you need something you know you can go to that shop you most probably find whatever you are looking for.
I don't think there is any distinction in English for these two sentences. I think in both cases the comment would be the same: You've got everything! or It's got everything!; both meaning either everything I need/I have on my list or just a general everything.
I hope this is clear and clarifies the difference.
The person was right to correct your sentence, as he/she knew that you were referring to the second case, a "general everything".
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