Take the 2-minute tour ×
Spanish Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Spanish language. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Please read the below sentence:

Ya que los mayores iban a el campo a trabajar, los niños se quedaban y jugaban juntos.

In English it means: Since the older went to work in the field, the children stayed and played together. (Correct??)

But "quedar" can also mean "to meet (citarse)", so here can we say "se quedaban" also mean "they met together" (ie. "se" is 'Con valor recíproco') ??

share|improve this question
2  
the verb "quedar" can't mean "to meet" when it's used in a pronominal way. So if you say "los niños se quedaban" it can't mean "to meet" but "los niños quedaban" can mean that. –  Javi Feb 9 '12 at 14:14
    
@Javi: so does it mean if we use "se", once it is a pronominal, it can't be "recíproco"?? –  Cadenza Feb 9 '12 at 14:28
    
This "se" is not "con valor recíproco". It would be reciprocal if the action were done to each other. But it's not the case because you can't "stay to each other". –  Javi Feb 9 '12 at 15:50
    
But "quedar" can also mean "to meet". So can't "se quedar" mean "they meet together"? –  Cadenza Feb 9 '12 at 15:56
1  
"quedar" can mean "to meet" but it would be more precise to say that it can mean "to arrange to meet". "quedarse" never means "to meet" because you can't "arrange each other to meet". –  Javi Feb 9 '12 at 16:06
show 1 more comment

1 Answer 1

The correct sentence is the first one:

Since the older went to work in the field, the children stayed and played together.

To get the second meaning (to meet) the sentence in spanish needs to be something similar to this:

Ya que los mayores iban a el campo a trabajar, los niños quedaban para jugar juntos.

Also, in Spanish a el is contracted into al, the same happens to de el, which becomes del:

Ya que los mayores iban AL campo...

Hope this helps you.

share|improve this answer
    
thanks very much! –  Cadenza Feb 9 '12 at 14:30
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.