Verbs with con

Spanish verbs requiring a preposition

A number of Spanish verbs require the preposition con in front of a noun or infinitive.

Verbs + con + noun

acabar con   to finish, put an end to
amenazar con   to threaten with
casarse con   to marry
comenzar con (or por)   to begin with
contar con   to count on
cumplir con   to due one’s duty by, fulfill one’s obligations toward
dar con   to meet, happen upon
encontrarse con   to meet
enfrentarse con   to face
pagar con (or por)   to pay with/by
quedarse con   to keep
soñar con   to dream of
tener que ver con   to concern, have to do with
tropezar con   to run across, happen upon

Verbs + con + infinitive

amenazar con   to threaten to
comenzar con (or por)   to begin with/by
contar con   to count/rely on
contentarse con   to be satisfied with
preocuparse con   to be concerned with
soñar con   to dream of

Con can also be used in front of an infinitive with no preceding verb.

1. In place of the gerund:

Con llegar muy tarde, quedó sin cenar.   By arriving / Because he arrived so late, he missed dinner.

2. To indicate a condition:

Puedes salir esta noche con ayudarme mañana.   You can go out tonight as long as / provided that you help me tomorrow.

3. Meaning "despite" or "even though":

Con ganar tanto dinero, no posee un carro.   Despite earning / Even though he earns so much money, he doesn’t own a car.

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