“Volver a” + Infinitive, Expressing Repetition in Spanish

Spanish Volver A

The formula “Volver a” + Infinitive, is one of the several ways in Spanish to express the repetition of an action.

That is to say, with “Volver a” + Infinitive we express that something happens AGAIN.

In this lesson we will explain the meaning and use of this formula, providing example sentences. We will also present other ways to express the repetition of actions in Spanish.

The formula “Volver a” + Infinitive

The formula always consists of 3 words:

  1. Verb “volver” conjugated in the proper tense
  2. Preposition “a”
  3. Infinitive form of the verb that expresses the repeated action

Let’s read some example tenses in Present Tense:

Yo vuelvo a pensar en este tema.
I think about this topic again.

Mi hermano vuelve a llamar al taxi.
My brother calls the taxi again.

Laura y yo volvemos a estar juntos.
Laura and I are together again.

Ellos vuelven a preguntar.
They ask again.

Note: The main meaning of the verb “volver” is “to go back, to return”. So it makes sense that we can use it to express repetition, right? Because when we do something again, we kind of “go back to doing it” 🙂

Sentences with “Volver a” in past and future tenses

The examples given until now have been in Present Tense.

But of course, we can also conjugate “volver” in past or future tenses, expressing what “happened again” or “will happen again”.

Example sentences in past and future tenses:

Elena volvió a viajar a Ecuador.
Elena traveled to Ecuador again. (preterite tense)

Hoy he vuelto a comprar el periódico.
Today I’ve bought the newspaper again. (present perfect)

Volveremos a ganar.
We will win again. (future tense)

Other ways to express repetition: Phrases “otra vez” and “de nuevo”

There are easier ways to express repetition in Spanish, without using the “volver a” formula learned in this lesson.

For example, we can simply use the phrases “otra vez” and “de nuevo”. Both of them mean “again”.

Example sentences:

Laura y yo estamos juntos otra vez.
Laura and I are together again.

Ellos preguntan de nuevo.
They ask again.

Ganaremos otra vez.
We will win again.