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Why En and not De

John

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

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Why En and not De

En quien estas pensada (not sure I remembered the last word correctly).  In English this would be "of whom are you thinking?" so why is the Spanish En quien and not De quien.  (Accents do not appear to work)

This relates to:
Asking questions about people with preposition + quién -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Hola John


In Spanish the use of prepositions with relative pronouns (que, quién...) is sometimes different to English. As you mentioned before, in English you may say "To think of/about someone" however in Spanish we say "Pensar en  alguien", literally "to think in someone". This is why the right answer to that question is "¿En quién estás pensando?". (A possible answer to this question could be: "Estoy pensando en María").


I hope this clarified it.


Un saludo


Inma

John

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Thank you.  (and people think learning English is confusing!)  I will try to remember.

Brett

Kwiziq community member

15 July 2018

15/07/18

Hi John, To help me remember this detail I like to think about how we sometimes will say "I can think ON that tomorrow". This is more similar to the Spanish "EN".

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