Algo que vs algo de vs algo para

ANDREWC1Kwiziq community member

Algo que vs algo de vs algo para

“Tiene algo que declarar/hacer” but “Tiene algo de comer” or sometimes “Tiene algo para comer.”  How does one know which one to use when?

Asked 8 months ago
SilviaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Andrew

I apologize for the delayed response.

The use of "Tiene algo que declarar/hacer" versus "Tiene algo de comer" or "Tiene algo para comer" involves a distinction in the type of action or object involved.

1. Tiene algo que declarar/hacer

This structure is typically used when referring to actions, tasks, or declarations. For example:
Tiene algo que declarar ante la policía. (He/she has something to declare to the police.)
Tiene algo que hacer antes de la reunión. (He/she has something to do before the meeting.)

2. Tiene algo de comer or Tiene algo para comer

These phrases are used when referring to something to eat, food, or sustenance. The choice between "de comer" and "para comer" might vary based on regional preferences, but both convey a similar meaning.

Tiene algo de comer en la nevera. (He/she has something to eat in the fridge.)
¿Tienes algo para comer esta noche? (Do you have something to eat tonight?)

In summary, the choice depends on whether you are talking about an action or something edible.

Feel free to ask if you have more questions or need further clarification.

¡Gracias por tu paciencia! 

Silvia
 
 
 
 
 

Algo que vs algo de vs algo para

“Tiene algo que declarar/hacer” but “Tiene algo de comer” or sometimes “Tiene algo para comer.”  How does one know which one to use when?

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