Spanish verbs and their meanings with and without preposition

Preposition are the cause of a lot of trouble for Spanish students, let alone verbs with preposition

Today we will be learning 4 Spanish verbs and their different meanings when they go by themselves and with a preposition.

Spanish verbs and their meanings with and without preposition


Me río mucho means I laugh a lot

But it is different if we say:

REÍRSE DEto laugh of/to make fun of

If I say to you María se río de Pedro en la fiesta, María made fun of Pedro at the party is not good…

However if I use REÍRSE CONto laugh with and I say María se río con Pedro en la fiesta María  laughed with Pedro at the party it is great, it means they had fun together.


If I say to you vuelve, I am telling you come back, but let’s see if we use it with preposition, we can say

VOLVER A+infinitvo- to repeat/to return to do something, for example

Carlos está pensando en volver a la UniversidadCarlos is things about returning to Uni , he went to Uni before and he is thinking about coming back, about repeating the action, right?


Les pedí a mis estudiantes que volvieran a estudiar los verbos-I asked my students to return to study the verbs

VOLVER DE-to come back from, for example mi hermana volvio de Edimburgo ayer, My sister came back from Edinburgh yesterday


Contar actually has two meanings

a)to count

 mi sobrina ha aprendido a contar hasta diez, my niece has learnt how to count until ten

b)to tell

Carlos siempre está contando historias, Carlos is always telling stories

But when we use CONTAR with the preposition CON, CONTAR CON means to count on someone or to rely on someone

Si tienes problemas siempre puedes contar con tus amigos – if you have problems you can always rely on your friends


María dejó el trabajo sin despedirse, María left the job without saying goodbye

But with the preposition “de”, DEJAR DE is to give up or to stop, mis amigos dejaron de fumar hace diez años, my friends stopped smoking 10 years ago.

That is my friend, little things that make a different in Spanish 🙂  I hope you enjoyed today’s blog, remember that I love hearing from you, so don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know:

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