Right or wrong in Spanish

Learn how to say someone is right, wrong, express agreement, disagreement and how to express your opinions in Spanish.

 

Are you having an interesting discussion with a native Spanish speaker and miss the words to agree or disagree? Do you want to give your opinion during a conversation in Spanish and feel like you don’t have the vocabulary? Is your Latin friend confused or mistaken and you can´t correct them? 

 

 

Yes, we all have felt that frustration. Take a deep breath and say goodbye to that feeling, because here at iAmigo School you are going to learn how to handle those situations.

 

  • Estás en lo correcto (You’re correct)

First thing you are going to learn is how to tell somebody they are right. A big mistake spanish learners make here is trying to translate directly from English: You are right — tú estás bien and you are correct — estás correcto. Well, that is not correct. In spanish, you can say:

  • Tienes razón (you are right)
  • Estás en lo correcto (you are correct)
  • Has acertado 

 

The verb “acertar” has no literal translation in english, but it has two different meanings in spanish. The first one refers to giving a hit, a shot, etc., in the planned or proposed place or in the precise point to which it was directed and the other one, the one that interests us here, is giving the solution or the true answer to a question, an unknown or an enigma. 

 

Take a look at this examples:

 

  • Estás equivocado (You´re wrong)

In some cases, expressing this may be as easy as putting a “no” before the sentences stated above. Let’s take a look at this phrases:

  • No tienes razón (you are right)
  • No estás en lo correcto (you are not correct)
  • No has acertado

In other cases, it is more complicated. In Spanish, there is a verb for making mistakes or being wrong: equivocar. Now, “equivocarse” is a reflexive verb, which means it is used with reflexive pronouns so first let’s take a look at its conjugation:

 

Persona Pronombre reflexivo “Equivocar”
Yo me  equivoco
Te  equivocas
Él/ella  se  equivocan
Nosotros nos  equivocamos
Vosotros os  equivocáis
Ellos se  equivocan

 

Is “equivocar” a little bit confusing? Here, check this examples:

  • Ellos se equivocan de clase cuando entran a otro salón.
  • Creímos que ganaría nuestro equipo pero perdió ¡Nos equivocamos!
  • ¡Feliz cumpleaños! — No, te equivocas, hoy no es mi cumpleaños.

 

Now, it is very important to mention that the verb “equivocar” is usually used in its past form, because we usually recognize mistakes once we have done them. So, here you have its conjugation in “pretérito perfecto”:

 

Persona Pronombre reflexivo “Equivocar”
Yo me  equivoqué
Te  equivocaste
Él/ella  se  equivocó
Nosotros nos  equivocamos
Vosotros os  equivocasteis
Ellos se  equivocaron

 

  • Me equivoqué en el examen ¡Saqué 0!
  • Juana se equivocó de contraseña. Ahora le cerrarán la cuenta.
  • Tomás y Natalia cocinaron un pastel para Andrea, pero a ella no le gusta ¡Se equivocaron!

 

  • Estoy de acuerdo // No estoy de acuerdo o estoy en desacuerdo (I agree // I disagree)

Expressing agreement in Spanish is rather a simple task. Same as in english, the word “acuerdo” means agreement. The only difference is that in Spanish you have to express it using the verb “estar”, conjugated in the person that agrees and the preposition “de”. For the negative of that sentence, we have two possibilities: “No estoy de acuerdo” and “Estoy en desacuerdo”, both of them with the same meaning. For example:

  • Deberíamos comer pastel — Sí, estoy de acuerdo.
  • El político no está de acuerdo con la nueva ley.
  • Dicen las noticias que lo mejor es quedarse en casa — Estoy de acuerdo
  • El helado de chocolate es el mejor — Estoy en desacuerdo.

 

  • Expresando opiniones (Expressing opinions)

Finally but not last, you will want to express your own opinions while in a discussion, not only agreeing and disagreeing with somebody else´s. So we created some tips to start your statements:

  • En mi opinión… (in my opinion)
  • Opino que…  (in my opinion)
  • Yo considero que… (I consider that)
  • Creo que… (I believe that)

Examples:

  • En mi opinión no es bueno que salgamos de casa.
  • Opino que es necesario respetar todas las ideas.
  • Yo considero que deberíamos ir al museo.
  • Creo que es mejor la comida mexicana.

 

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