Poner means “find”?

ShirleyC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Poner means “find”?

Ahora nos ponen problemas con los documentos. I'm worried they're going to find problems with the documents. Hola, is it true that poner can mean “find”? Muchas gracias, Shirley. 
Asked 7 months ago
SilviaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Shirley

Yes, you are correct! In this context, "poner" is used to convey the idea of "finding" or "encountering" problems with the documents. So your understanding is spot on!

If you have any more questions or need further clarification, feel free to ask.

¡Gracias y saludos!

Silvia

 
 
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Shirley

Following on Silvia's explanation, we use the phrase "poner problemas", generally used in an impersonal way, i.e. using the "ellos" form of the verb poner. This is what you find in that sentence above. Other examples are:

Me pusieron muchos problemas al reservar una mesa para 15 personas porque el restaurante es muy pequeño. 

I encountered problems (they gave me lots of problems, they resisted) when I booked a table for 15 people because the restaurant is very small. 

 

Lleva una foto reciente para renovar tu pasaporte porque te pueden poner problemas; son muy estrictos con las fotos

Take a recent photograph [with you] to renew your passport because you may encounter some problems (they may give you problems, they may say there's a problem); they're very strict about the photographs.

I hope that gives you a bit more context to understand that expression with "poner".

Un saludo

Inma

Dawna C1Kwiziq community member
A ver si le puedes pedir a tu jefa que te de una mañana libre.I wonder if you could ask your boss to let have you a morning off.
There's an error in the English sentence "you" & "have" should be switched.
SilviaKwiziq team member

Hola Dawna

Thanks for spotting that typo, we have just corrected it.

Hasta pronto

Silvia

Poner means “find”?

Ahora nos ponen problemas con los documentos. I'm worried they're going to find problems with the documents. Hola, is it true that poner can mean “find”? Muchas gracias, Shirley. 

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