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6 Uses of llevar

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Your Spanish book will most likely tell you the verb Llevar means to take, and it does.  But the verb Llevar has several uses that your Spanish book might have left out.  Let’s take a look at a few of them.

1.  To talk about what you’re wearing

No llevo gorras
I don’t wear ballcaps

Ella decidió llevar la blusa roja
She decided to wear the red blouse

2.  To talk about how much time has passed

Llevo 3 años viviendo aquí
I’ve been living here for 3 years

Lleva tres días sin dormir
He hasn’t slept in three days

Llevan esperando aquí dos horas
They’ve been waiting here two hours

Te llevo mucho tiempo esperando
I’ve been waiting a long time for you

They say with time every will be put in it’s place.  I’ve been waiting an hour for the house to be cleaned up, and nothing’s happening.

3.  To ask for (and give) a ride

Llévame al aeropuerto
Take me to the airport

Pedro nos llevó al super
Pedro took us to the supermarket

¿Me llevas al banco?
Will you take me to the bank?

4.  Food related uses

Dos hamburguesas para llevar por favor
Two hamburgers to go please

¿Que lleva el taco?  
What does the taco have on it

El pastel lleva huevos, aceite, pasas, miel y harina
The cake has eggs, oil, raisins, honey and flour

5.  To talk about what you’re carrying around with you

No llevo mis llaves 
I don’t have my keys

¿Llevas el pasaporte encima?
Do you have your passport on you?

No llevo dinero encima
I don’t have any money on me

6.  To talk about how people get along

Technically, you need to use Llevarse, Llevar’s reflexive cousin.  The expression is Llevarse bien con alguien.   Or Llevarse mal con alguien, if you don’t get along with them.

Nos llevamos bien
We get along well

No se lleva bien con su madre
He doesn’t get along well with his mother

Me llevo mal con mi suegra
I don’t get along with my mother-in-law

Mis hijos se llevan como el perro y el gato
My kids fight like cats and dogs

Well, that should certainly be more than information to get you started with the verb Llevar.  But if you want more, then take a look at what about.com says about the verb Llevar.    Yabla Spanish also has a very useful lesson on Llevar, click here to read it.

That’s it for now.  ¡Hasta la próxima!

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