when is a spanish infinitive verb translates as an infinitive in english? Why is the phrase Encantado de conocerle is translated as Pleased to meet u

El niño

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11 September 2018

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when is a spanish infinitive verb translates as an infinitive in english? Why is the phrase Encantado de conocerle is translated as Pleased to meet u

¡Hola!

May I ask why is the phrase "Encantado de conocerle/te" is translated as Pleased/Nice "to meet" you in English and not Pleased/Nice "meeting" you, if the preposition "de" is followed by an infinitive verb in this phrase? 

Thanks!

El niño

This relates to:
Use the infinitive after prepositions (not gerund) -

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

12 September 2018

12/09/18

¡Hola El Niño!

As the lesson says, in Spanish we don't really use the gerund as in English and we have always to use an infinitive after a preposition. In English, "Pleased meeting you" sounds a bit clumsy, and the best translation is "Pleased to meet you". While in English you can use either a gerund or infinitive after a preposition, in Spanish the only option is to use the infinitive.

Silvia.

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