Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Monday August 19, 2013
Importar is a very useful word to describe howpeople feel about something.
No me importa tener que levantarme temprano
I don’t mind having to get up early
Apart from being used with the infinitive, as in the previous example, you also use it with que and then the subjunctive:
No le importa que su hijo no trabaje
He doesn’t mind his son’s not working
Importar is very often used with either of these structures when you want to make a polite request:
¿Le importa cerrar la ventanilla?
Would you mind closing the window?
¿Te importa que fume?
Do you mind if I smoke?
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