Spanish Grammar: The Verb [QUEDAR] – Basics

Spanish Grammar: The Verb [QUEDAR] - Basics

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Spanish Grammar: The Verb [QUEDAR] – Basics
la gramática española: el verbo [quedar] – los básicos

  • The Spanish verb [QUEDAR] means to “stay” in a certain place.
  • [QUEDAR] also has additional meanings.


60-Second Spanish Grammar Lesson


The verb QUEDAR means “to stay” or “to remain” in a certain location or state. However, the verb QUEDAR can mean other things depending on the context.

The verb QUEDAR can also mean “to be”, (kind of like the verbs ser or estar), depending on the usage. QUEDAR suggests that something is where it is, or how it is, because of a previous action or change. It can be kind of difficult to grasp at first, but you’ll see how people from different countries can use quedar in different ways.

The verb QUEDAR also has a reflexive verb form, QUEDARSE. Watch the examples carefully and consult the lesson on reflexive verbs for more information on how this works.


¿Dónde queda la ciudad de San José?
Where is the city of San Jose?

La ciudad queda muy cerca, cinco kilómetros de aquí.
The city is very near, five kilometers from here.

¿Van a ser novios, o quedarse buenos amigos?
Are they going to get engaged, or stay good friends?

Van a quedarse buenos amigos, creo.
They’re going to stay good friends, I believe.

Los equipos de Argentina y Ecuador se quedaron 1-1.
The teams of Argentina and Ecuador ended up at 1-1.

¿Cuánto tiempo nos queda en la clase?
How much time is left in the class?

Todavía nos quedan veinte minutos.
We still have twenty minutes left.



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