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Spanish language Querer - To Want - Spanish Expressions
 
 
Querer literally means "to want" and is used in a number of Spanish expressions.
  
querer to want
  (pretérito) to try
   
querer + infinitive to want to + verb
querer a alguien to love
querer a alguien con locura to be madly in love with someone
querer a alguien como a la niña de sus ojos to dote on someone
querer bien a alguien to want the best for someone; to be fond of / care about somebody
querer decir to mean
querer es poder where there's a will, there's a way
querer mal a alguien (familiar) to have it in for someone, wish someone ill
querer pelear to be looking for trouble
querer ... por algo to want (some amount) for something, to be selling something for (some amount)
   
cosas del querer affairs of the heart
hacerse querer por alguien to endear oneself to someone
niña de mi querer apple of my eye, my dear child
las penas del querer pangs of love
sin querer unintentionally
tener querer a to be fond ot
   
como quiera que however, in whatever manner
como Ud. quiera as you wish
cuando quiera que whenever
donde quiera que wherever
¡Está como quiera! (familiar) S/he's hot! S/he's got it made!
La etiqueta quiere que... Etiquette requires that...
hacer lo que quiere to do what one wants / as one likes/pleases
¡Lo que quieras! Have it your way!
Me quiere, no me quiere S/he loves me, s/he loves me not
No quiso escuchar razones S/he wouldn't listen to reason
¡Por lo que más quieras! (begging) For all that is sacred!
(scolding) For Heaven's/goodness sake!
¿Qué más quieres? What else/more do you want?
¡Qué más quisiera yo! If only I could! What more could I wish for?
¿Qué querían? (clerk or waiter) Can I help you? What can I do for you?
¿Qué querrán esta vez? I wonder what they want this time
¿Qué quieres decir con eso? What do you mean by that?
¡Qué quieres que (le) haga! What can you do?
¿Qué quieres que te diga/haga? What do you want/expect me to say/do?
queriendo on purpose, deliberately
¿Querrías hacerme un favor? Would you mind doing me a favor?
Quien bien te quiere te hará llorar Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind
quiera o no whether s/he likes it or not
quieras que no (familiar) believe it or not, whether we/you like it or not
¿Quieres casarte conmigo? Will you marry me?
¿Quieres decirme ...? Would you mind telling me ...?
¿Quieres por esposo a...? Do you take ... to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife?
¿Quieres que me crea que...? Are you asking me to / Do you expect me to believe that...?
Será ... y todo lo que tú quieras, pero S/he may be ... and all that, but
Su teoría quiere que … His/her theory has it that ...
¿Te quieres callar? Will you be quiet?
Te quiero I love you
La tradición quiere que Tradition has it that
¡Ya quisiera yo estar en su lugar! I'd change places with him/her any day!
 

Querer is a stem-changing verb

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