Acabar de + [infinitive] vs Present Perfect

DavidA1Kwiziq community member

Acabar de + [infinitive] vs Present Perfect

Hello,

It says verbal structure. Does this mean that this is only used in spoken Spanish?

Also, I thought that we used the present perfect for actions that have just happened?

Asked 1 year ago
MarshaC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

1] written and spoken verbal structure 

2] this structure is specifically used for something that has just happened i.e to express an immediate action. For example -  I have just answered your questions!

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

"Verbal" doesn't mean "spoken" in this context, it means that it contains a verb.

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola David

With "verbal" here we refer to its grammatical meaning "containing a verb" (verbal structure = a structure containing a verb).

When we use this structure "acabar de + infinitive", in Spanish we don't use the perfect tense.

Saludos

Acabar de + [infinitive] vs Present Perfect

Hello,

It says verbal structure. Does this mean that this is only used in spoken Spanish?

Also, I thought that we used the present perfect for actions that have just happened?

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