Picture this: A couple has a bad break up and both parties go their own separate ways. Years pass and one fine day, they run into each other. Memories come flooding and emotions go high. The girl, wanting to re-start their relationship, tells the guy, "I want to go back to where we were before."

How would one say what the girl said, in Spanish? Is the following translation correct?

Quiero continuar dónde estábamos antes.

Would volver suit this context better than continuar?

Is there a more natural way to say the same thing?

Sorry for the long story but I had to give some context. Hope it helps.

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    Hey, don't worry for giving context. It is actually really helpful for giving more accurate and meaningful answers.
    – Diego
    Dec 19, 2014 at 13:46

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Both are acceptable, but have slightly different meanings (as in English). Some alternatives:

Quiero volver a donde estábamos antes (slightly weird construction, but natural)

Quiero volver a donde estábamos entonces.

Quiero continuar/retomar/recomenzar nuestra relación tal como era entonces.

In all cases, "quiero" (I want) would probably be replaced by the more tentative "quisiera" (I'd wish).

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    I would change "recomezar", that has the inflection of "start anew" and add "recuperar". apart form that great answer.
    – Diego
    Dec 19, 2014 at 13:39

Alternative and more natural way in Spain: Quiero volver donde lo dejamos

  • ¿No sería incluso mejor Quiero volver a donde lo dejamos? Volver normalmente no es transitivo en este caso, por ejemplo, sería difícil decir Quiero volver España en vez de Quiero volver a España Dec 21, 2014 at 4:07
  • Sería perfecto. :)
    – Jesus
    Dec 21, 2014 at 16:39

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