Meaning of haberme

ShirleyC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Meaning of haberme

Hola, I’m confused about haberme in: Después de haberme gastado una pasta in the “I failed” dictation. What would the meaning be with Después de haber gastado? What does haberme emphasize, I (me), or spending a lot? Muchas gracias, Shirley. 
Asked 1 month ago
ClaraC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hola Shirley, 

In my opinion the use of 'haberme' here is to make clear to the reader that it is the speaker himself that has 'spent a fortune on...'  It has 'cost him' a lot of money. So, yes, I believe you're right, it is to emphasise the 'me'. 

You could still use 'Después de haber gastado...' but it wouldn't be clear as to who spent a fortune. 

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Shirley

As Clara said this emphasises the "person" who did all that spending. The use of the reflexive this way is called "se aspectual". Here's a lesson on this if you'd like a detailed explanation. 

Saludos

Meaning of haberme

Hola, I’m confused about haberme in: Después de haberme gastado una pasta in the “I failed” dictation. What would the meaning be with Después de haber gastado? What does haberme emphasize, I (me), or spending a lot? Muchas gracias, Shirley. 

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