Forgive me

Ricky

Kwiziq community member

3 July 2018

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Forgive me

Please forgive me. I am having difficulty writing the sentences.

It should be:

But I don't understand the use of 'que' in the following:

Tengo algo que contarte

When 'para' is used in the other two examples

Hope I did not confuse you too much.

This relates to:
Using algo to say something or anything -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Hola Ricky

Don't worry. If you put "algo" at the end of the sentence..."Tengo que contarte algo", you can see that "que" is linked to the verb "Tener" and it is expressing obligation "Tener que..." (To have to..[do something]). This is the function of "que" in this sentence. Sometimes we change the order as you can see in "Tengo algo que contarte".

Here are other similar sentences:

"Tengo cosas que hacer"/ "Tengo que hacer cosas" (I have things to do/I have to do things)

"Tenemos invitados que atender/ Tenemos que atender a los invitados" (We have guests to attend to"/ We have to look after our guests").

I hope it is a bit clearer now.

Inma

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Actually, Ricky, there is another possible explanation for this sentence "Tengo algo que contarte". This sentence could also be said this way: "Tengo algo que [quiero/me gustaría] contarte" = I have something [that I want/would like] to tell you.

That "que" would be a relative pronoun referring to "algo".

It would also work with the other similar sentences mentioned before:

"Tengo cosas que hacer" = I have things [that I need] to do.

"Tenemos invitados que atender" = We have guests [who need] to be looked after.

Inma

Ricky

Kwiziq community member

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Gracias, Inma!

Very helpful

Ricky

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