Using lo de que + conjugated verb / lo de + noun / infinitive / adverb to refer to something already mentioned

Lo de que + [conjugated verb]

In Spanish, when something has been mentioned in a conversation, we refer to it afterwards with:

Lo de que + [sentence with a conjugated verb]

For example:

Imagine that someone said yesterday "María is going to live abroad", we would refer to this later like this:

Lo de que María se va a vivir a Francia, ¿es verdad?
That thing about María going to live in France, is it true?

If someone has mentioned "getting a new job", we could refer to this later on:

Lo de que tengas un trabajo nuevo me parece genial.
That thing about you getting a new job is great.

"Lo de que" can be followed by the indicative or subjunctive, without changing the meaning of the sentence.

For example:

Lo de que yo pago todo era una broma. (present indicative)
Lo de que yo pague todo era una broma. (present subjunctive)
That thing about me paying for everything was a joke.

Lo de + infinitive/noun/adverb

We can refer to a previous comment/fact in the same way with:

Lo de + Infinitivo

Lo de + [noun]

Lo de + [adverb]

  • (with infinitive) 

    Lo de irse a Francia, ¿es verdad?
    That thing about going to France, is it true?

  • (with proper noun)

    Lo de María, ¿es verdad?
    That thing about María, is it true?

  • (with noun)

    Lo de su decisión, ¿es verdad?
    That thing about her decision, is it true?

  • (with adverb)

    Lo de ayer, ¿es verdad?
    What was said yesterday, is it true?

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Lo de María, ¿es verdad?
That thing about María, is it true?


Lo de irse a Francia, ¿es verdad?
That thing about going to France, is it true?


Lo de que tengas un trabajo nuevo me parece genial.
That thing about you getting a new job is great.


Lo de su decisión, ¿es verdad?
That thing about her decision, is it true?


Lo de que María se va a vivir a Francia, ¿es verdad?
That thing about María going to live in France, is it true?


Lo de ayer, ¿es verdad?
What was said yesterday, is it true?


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 8 answers

Perdona, ________ antes fue una tontería.

With the above question, "lo de" was said to be the answer.  However, there is a conjugated verb in the clause afterward, "fue".  Why isn;t the correct answer "lo de que"?  With a conjugated verb, the explanation says to use "lo de que". 

Asked 7 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Andrew,

In this sentence, "lo de" is linked to an adverb, "antes", not the rest of the sentence after. We have a similar example in the lesson with "Lo de ayer, ¿es verdad? (What happened yesterday, is it true?)

With "Lo de que..." we need a whole subordinate clause that is linked to that "lo de que".  You will find two conjugated verbs, one for the subordinate and one for the main clause.

"Lo de que me caso con Cristina es broma." (That thing about me marrying Cristina is a joke.)

Here we are having two verbs, one linked to "lo de que" (me caso) and the main verb in the main clause "es". 

However we could say pretty much the same thing with "Lo de" but see how the structure changes:

"Lo de mi boda con Cristina es broma." (That thing about marrying Cristina is a joke.[boda means weeding]). This only needs one verb, "es".

Is this a bit clearer?

Let us know

Inma

Yes, I understand it.  Your excellent explanation is very clear and very much appreciated!

Perdona, ________ antes fue una tontería.

With the above question, "lo de" was said to be the answer.  However, there is a conjugated verb in the clause afterward, "fue".  Why isn;t the correct answer "lo de que"?  With a conjugated verb, the explanation says to use "lo de que". 

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Lo de que María se va a vivir a Francia, ¿es verdad? Part 2

Why lo de que? Maria is a noun. Why isn't it lo de?

Asked 9 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Gary,

If it was only the noun, "María", then you'd need "Lo de María" but we have here a whole sentence with a conjugated verb. It may be confusing to see this in the lesson as we say:

Lo de que + conjugated verb

So I will slightly change the text in the lesson accordingly saying that the conjugated verb can be preceded by its subject, to make it clearer.

I hope this helped,

Gracias y un saludo,

Inma

It's because a subordinate clause is coming up - que often introduces such clauses.  It's 'lo de' with a noun or infinitive, but 'lo de que' whan there's a whole clause coming up.  Maria is just the subject of that clause. 
Thank-you. 

But then there is this: Lo de la prohibición de las corridas de toros, ha creado controversia..

This is a whole sentence with a verb so why isn't it, Lo de que  la prohibición de las corridas de toros, ha creado controversia...?

InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Gary

Sorry we missed this other query. Here in this sentence:

"Lo de la prohibición de las corridas de toros, ha creado controversia. 

we have "lo de" plus a noun (la prohibición). If we were using "lo de que...", as Robin mentioned previously, we would have a subordinate clause. See how a similiar sentence would work with "lo de que":

"Lo de que las autoridades hayan prohibido las corridas de toros, ha creado controversia."

You have here a whole clause after "que", and then after the comma you have the main verb "ha creado". 

In the first sentence, "Lo de la prohibición de las corridas de toros, ha creado controversia." there is no subordinate clause. There is only one main verb. 

"The ban on bullfighting (subject) has caused (erb) some controversy."

I hope this makes it clearer.

Sorry about the delay.

Saludos

Inma

Lo de que María se va a vivir a Francia, ¿es verdad? Part 2

Why lo de que? Maria is a noun. Why isn't it lo de?

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es correcto, soy nativa

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