How to express repeating actions in Spanish
In Spanish, to express that "an action is repeated", i.e. takes place again, we can use this verbal structure:
We use it in different tenses. Bear in mind that when it is used in the present tense, it expresses a "future" action. Look at the following examples:
Notice how when "Volver a" is used in this idiomatic way, the verb volver loses its literal meaning (to "physically" go back, return somewhere). The main verb in the infinitive is the one that carries the meaning in the sentence. Look at the difference:
Claudia volvió al teatro. Claudia returned to the theatre [literally].
Claudia volvió a trabajar en el teatro. Claudia worked at the theatre again, went back to work at the theatre.
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