Using que to introduce a warning or threat

One way to introduce a warning or threat in Spanish is by starting a sentence with que.

Have a look and listen to the following examples expressing warning:

¡Que llegas tarde!
You will arrive late!

¡Que no se casan!
They will not get married!

¡Que pierdes tu apuesta!
You will lose your bet!

Have a look and listen to the following examples expressing threat:

¡Que te robo todo el dinero!
I will steal all your money!

¡Que te agredo!
I will attack you!

¡Que nos comemos todo!
We will eat everything!

Notice how this que does not have a written accent despite being at the beginning of the sentence. It is not a question word, but a conjunction!

Look at the following example to understand how the word que works in this sort of sentence, expressing a warning or threat about something that could happen in the (near) future:

¡Que te dejo solo!  
I'll leave you alone!

We could easily have said the same using a future tense:

¡Te dejaré / Te voy a dejar solo!
I'll leave you / I am going to leave you alone!

Note that the preposition a can go in front of the conjunction que in order to reinforce the warning or threat:

¡A que me voy! 
I really will leave!

See also Conjunción.

 

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¡Que no se casan!
They will not get married!


¡Que te agredo!
I will attack you!


¡Que llegas tarde!
You will arrive late!


¡Que te robo todo el dinero!
I will steal all your money!


¡Que nos comemos todo!
We will eat everything!


¡Que pierdes tu apuesta!
You will lose your bet!


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