“Quedar” in Spanish – A verb with several meanings

The Verb Quedar in Spanish - Its Different Meanings

Welcome to our grammar lesson about the verb quedar in Spanish.

In this lesson we will learn the most frequent meanings of “quedar”, and read example sentences with each meaning.

Two Spanish sentences where "quedar" has different meanings
Two sentences where “quedar” has different meanings

At the end you’ll find an Exercise for practice.

“quedar” vs “quedarse”

The following table shows the possible meanings of “quedar” when it is not reflexive (“quedar”) and when it is reflexive (“quedarse”)

quedarquedarse
to arrange to meet - to meetto stay
to agree to do somethingto be left in a certain condition
there to be leftto keep something
to fit, to suit
to leave a certain impression
to be located


(Click here if you need to review Reflexive Verbs)

Next we’ll read example sentences for each meaning.

Meanings of “quedar” (not reflexive)

to arrange to meet / to meet

In can mean “to arrange to meet” or simply “to meet”.

Nosotros quedamos casi todas las semanas.
We meet (or arrange to meet) almost every week.

¿A qué hora quedamos?
At what time do we meet?

¿Dónde quedamos?
Where do we meet?


We can use the preposition con after “quedar” to introduce the person with whom someone meets:

Yo he quedado con mi prima.
I have arranged to meet with my cousin.

Ella siempre queda con su novio junto a la estación.
She always meets her boyfriend by the station.


to agree to do something

We use “quedar” colloquially as “to agree to do something”.

In this case, it is followed by the preposition en and then a verb in the Infinitive.

Hemos quedado en comprar una tele nueva.
We have agreed to buy a new TV.

Ellos quedaron en esperar un poco más.
They agreed to wait a little longer.


there to be left

To talk about how many people or things there are left somewhere:

Solo quedan cinco personas en la fiesta.
There are only five people left at the party.

¿Cuántas botellas quedan?
How many bottles are left?

No queda chocolate.
There is no chocolate left.


If we want to personalize the sentence, for example “I have two beers left”, we can place an Indirect Object Pronoun before quedar, in the following way:

Quedan dos cervezas.
There are two beers left.
Me quedan dos cervezas.
I have two beers left.

No quedan monedas.
There are no coins left.
A Pablo no le quedan monedas.
Pablo has no coins left.


to fit, to suit

Example:

La mesa queda bien aquí.
The table fits well here.


Again, if we want to personalize the sentence, we can use an Indirect Object Pronoun before “quedar”:

¿Cómo me queda la chaqueta?
How does the jacket fit me?

Las gafas te quedan mal.
The glasses look bad on you.


to leave a certain impression

Examples:

Santiago siempre queda bien.
Santiago always leaves a good impression.

Ellos quedan mal.
They leave a bad impression.

We can use the word como after “quedar” if the impression is expressed like a comparison:

He quedado como un tonto.
I have left the impression of being like a dummy.


to be located

We can use “quedar” to express where something is located approximately:

Mi piso queda por el barrio de Lavapiés.
Mi flat is in the Lavapiés neighborhood.

Los bares quedan cerca de la estación.
The bars are near de station.

Meanings of “quedarse” (reflexive)

to stay

Examples:

Hoy me quedo en casa.
Today I stay home.

¿En qué hotel te quedas?
In which hotel are you staying?

Nos quedamos aquí.
We stay here.


to be left in a certain condition

Here “quedarse” expresses the result of some process or experience:

Me quedé solo.
I ended up alone.

Luis se ha quedado calvo.
Luis has gone bald.

El niño se quedó contento con su fiesta de cumpleaños.
The child was left happy with his birthday party.


to keep something

Yo me quedo este sombrero.
I keep this hat.

¿Vosotros os quedáis el perro?
¿Do you guys keep the dog?

Practice

Complete the following sentences choosing between the options in brackets (the first option is not reflexive, and the second option is reflexive):

1) ¿Por dónde ___ (queda / se queda) el teatro?
Where approximately is the theater?

2) Vosotros ___ (quedáis / os quedáis) en la oficina.
You guys stay in the office.

3) ¿Cuántos bocadillos ___ (quedan / se quedan)?
How many sandwiches are left?

4) Ellos ___ (han quedado / se han quedado) frente al restaurante.
They have arranged to meet in front of the restaurant.

5) Yo siempre ___ (quedo / me quedo) bien.
I always leave a good impression.

6) Nosotros ___ (quedamos / nos quedamos) en pagar a medias.
We agree to split the bill.

7) Tú ___ (quedas / te quedas) el juguete.
You keep the toy.

Solutions:
1) queda
2) os quedáis
3) quedan
4) han quedado
5) quedo
6) quedamos
7) te quedas

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