Question regarding Mr. Ramirez not being able to see a caller.

DianeB2Kwiziq community member

Question regarding Mr. Ramirez not being able to see a caller.

It seems to me that this "HINT" is misplaced. The question seems clearly to be an if/conditional expression so what exactly is the point of the "wish/intention in the present"??

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Diane

In this question

El señor Ramírez la atendería, pero desafortunadamente tiene otra cita. 

Mr. Ramírez would see you, but unfortunately he's got another appointment.

The hint is mentioning a wish in the present because it is Mr Ramírez wish/intention to see her now but [unfortunately] he can't because he has another appointment.

A similar sentence expressing this kind of wish/intention of something happening at the moment of speaking would be for example:

Yo te prestaría el dinero, pero todavía no he cobrado este mes.

I'd lend you the money, but [the thing is] I haven't got my salary yet this month.

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

Diane asked:View original

Question regarding Mr. Ramirez not being able to see a caller.

It seems to me that this "HINT" is misplaced. The question seems clearly to be an if/conditional expression so what exactly is the point of the "wish/intention in the present"??

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your Spanish level for FREE

Test your Spanish to the CEFR standard

Find your Spanish level
I'll be right with you...