The Spanish verb "quedar" is very versatile. It can mean different things depending on how it is used. Let's see:
Spanish verb: Quedar
Here, quedar refers to anything remaining, being left: things, time...
In this case you only use quedar in the 3rd person singular or plural of any conjugation. (queda/quedan, quedó/quedaron, quedaba/quedaban, etc)
To arrange a date/ to meet
Notice how in the first two examples quedar means to "arrange to meet", i.e you have already had a conversation with your "date" and have decided to meet at a certain time or place. Quedar in this case involves the whole process of arranging to meet up. You will often find "con" after the verb to say who you are meeting with.
But as you can see in the last example, quedar also has a more straight forward translation simply meaning "to meet".
With adjective/participle: to emphasise the result of an action rather than the action itself.
Here quedar is emphasising the result of the action, as in "to end up". Bear in mind in this context you may also find the use of the reflexive "se" to give extra emphasis.
Spanish verb: Quedarse
To stay somewhere
Notice how in both examples you need the reflexive pronoun. It is a common mistake to forget this, e.g "Quedé en un hotel de 3 estrellas"
Followed by an adjective or participle: expressing the result of a change.
Spanish verb: Quedarle (a alguien)
Quedar can be accompanied by indirect object pronouns(me, te, le, nos, os, les)
We use quedar with indirect object pronouns to talk about how things/items of clothing fit or suit someone. In this case quedar is conjugated in the 3rd person singular or plural, depending on whether the subject is singular or plural. The pronoun agrees with that "someone". For example, in "Esa falda te queda muy estrecha", "te" refers to "you". In "Chicas, os quedan muy bien esos peinados", os refers to "you" plural informal.
See also Spanish verb "faltar": different meanings and Spanish verb sobrar: different meanings
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