Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday July 28, 2013

quejarse, reflexive verb:
to complain

Quejarse is a basic word, meaning to complain, which it’s useful to know. To complain about something the preposition you use is de:

Se quejaban de la falta de información.
They were complaining about the lack of information.

If you want to complain about what someone is doing, the construction is de que followed by a clause with the verb in the indicative:

Los vecinos siempre se quejan de que Luis tiene el radio puesto.
The neighbors are always complaining that Luis has the radio on.

And if you’re happy enough with a situation, you use quejarse in a similar way to English:

¿Cómo te va todo? - No me quejo.
How are things? - I can’t complain.

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