“Volver a” + Infinitive, Expressing Repetition in Spanish

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Welcome to our grammar lesson about “volver a” + Infinitive, a formula used to express the repetition of an action in Spanish.

With that formula, we say that something happens again.

In this lesson we will learn how to use “volver a” + Infinitive, providing example sentences. We will also present some alternative ways to express the repetition of an action.

The formula “Volver a” + Infinitive

This formula to express the repetition of an action consists of 3 words:

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

Let’s read some example sentences 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: In Spanish, the main meaning of “volver” is “to go back, to return”. So it makes sense that we use it to express repetition, right? Because when we do something again, we kind of “go back to doing it” 🙂

“Volver a” + Infinitive in past and future tenses

The example sentences we have read 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”.

Here are 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: “otra vez” and “de nuevo”

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

For example, we can use the expressions “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.

It is up to you to decide if you want to use “otra vez” / “de nuevo”, or the formula with “volver a” + Infinitive.

Try to master both ways so that you have several alternatives and your Spanish becomes richer every day 🙂

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