I was reading a book, and someone asked me, "¿Qué estás leyendo?"

I answered, "Estoy leyendo sobre ..."

The person looked at me funny, but seemed to understand what I said.

Looking back, it makes sense that sobre was the wrong choice.

What is the correct way to say about as a non-physical preposition?

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    I know this problem but I think the other good preposition to try when in doubt is always de. Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 8:46
  • Sobre is good too, but really depends on the country. In colombia they won't look at you funny :-)
    – Jose Luis
    Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 8:56

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Estoy leyendo acerca de ...


If you want to use sobre you can use it this way:

Estoy leyendo un libro sobre ...

Which means:

I am reading a book about ...

Of course you can use it for magazines, an article, etc.

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