How Do You Say "to Leave" in Spanish and Learning Spanish Verbs Dejar, Irse, Salir

Here’s a question that the subscribers to my learning-Spanish newsletter have asked me: How do you say „to leave“ in Spanish. Besides learning how to say „to leave“ in the Spanish language, in this lesson, you will also learn the Spanish verbs dejar, irse, salir, and „marcharse.“ Let’s begin.

As you may or may not already be aware of, in the Spanish language there is a verb in that means „to leave someone or something behind.“ That verbs is „dejar.“

Por ejemplo:

1. Déjeme en la esquina Señor (Leave me at the corner Sir – a phrase I used today when speaking to a cab driver here in Medellin, Colombia).

2. Puede dejarme aquí? (Can you leave me here?)

3. Dejamos la pluma en el escritorio. (We left the pen on the desk).

You can also use the verb „dejar“ to mean „to quit“ as in to quit smoking. Here’s an example:

1. Mañana ella deja de fumar. (Tomorrow she quits smoking.)

There are three verbs in Spanish that mean „to leave or to go out.“ The verbs are „irse,“ „salir,“ and „marcharse.“

Por ejemplo (for example):

1. Te vas? (Are you leaving?)

2. Me voy. (I am leaving.)

3. Salí de la oficina temprano. (I left the office early)

4. El bus sale pronto. (The bus leaves soon.)

I always find it interesting that in Spanish there are always so many different ways to express word and phrases. I guess that’s one of the things that makes this language so interesting to learn.

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