Dejar de + infinitive

MichaelB1Kwiziq community member

Dejar de + infinitive

The lesson specifically states that we don’t use the gerund as we might in English.  Then the gerund is used: He dejado de fumar. Am I missing something? Nowhere in the lesson does it say in certain instances we would use the gerund. Please explain.

Asked 11 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Michael

I think you may be confusing the gerund with the infinitive. In Spanish we always use the infinitive (-ar, -er, -ir form, e.g. fumar, beber...) - Our gerund (or present participle) form in Spanish would be ending in -ando / -iendo. So, what you don't find in Spanish is:

He dejado de fumando (I have stopped smoking)

Ella dejó de bebiendo (She stopped drinking)

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Dejar de + infinitive

The lesson specifically states that we don’t use the gerund as we might in English.  Then the gerund is used: He dejado de fumar. Am I missing something? Nowhere in the lesson does it say in certain instances we would use the gerund. Please explain.

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