Where almost is used with a verb in the past tense, it is translated by casi or por poco, and the verb is usually in the present tense: I almost fell casi me caigo; we almost missed the train casi or por poco perdemos el tren.In some Latin American countries the preterite tense is often used: we almost missed the train casi or por poco perdimos el tren
- casi that's almost 100 miles away from here eso está a casi 100 millas de aquí it's almost ten years since we last met hace casi diez años que no nos vemos I'm almost ready estoy casi listo you almost killed me! ¡casi me matas! did you win? — almost ¿ganaste? — casi or por poco you're almost certainly right casi con seguridad que tienes razónMore example sentences
- That's the gem that one of her pet dogs almost ate when she lost it in a hotel room.
- A guy made a dash for the train door and the door almost closed but he pried it open.
- I gave him a bone off of one of the plates earlier as a reward and he almost ate the whole thing.
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
Paro is the name in Spain for both unemployment and unemployment benefit. The period for which paro can be claimed ranges from three months to a year, depending on how long a person has been working. The amount paid decreases over the period of unemployment.