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Spanish Lesson Sixty-Six: Preguntar Vs. Pedir

Updated on November 11, 2013

Happy Monday Readers!

Yeah... I know... this time just flies by! I can't believe it's Monday again already. Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet? No, don't grumble, it's coming soon, can't you tell? Anyhow, thanks so much for supporting the Spanish lessons over this year and a half. Yes... I started Spanish lessons in June of 2012. I can't believe how fast this time has gone by and how much Spanish I've taught and learned with you all. So again, thanks so much for the support and I hope we start learning new languages, obscure ones like Portuguese or Russian or Chinese. I know... Challenge City. Either way, it'll be fun for those who love learning languages like myself.

Last week we went over the Preterit Anterior. It wasn't completely necessary to know. It translates exactly the same as the Pluscaumperfecto de Indicativo (Indicative Pluscuamperfecto). Don't worry, I'll go back over these tenses with time. Right now, I want to discuss the topic of Pedir Vs. Preguntar. If you didn't already know, these two words both mean "To ask". Today, I'm going to help you differentiate between the two. So, let's get started.


  • The Learn the meanings of Pedir and Preguntar
  • To Differentiate between Pedir and Preguntar
  • To Be Able To recognize moments in which to use either Pedir or Preguntar with proper Spanish grammar utilized

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Two Verbs Meaning "To Ask"

Hey Readers,

I know. There are a lot of words in Spanish that mean the same thing or have similar definitions. English is just the same in a lot of ways. We use multiple words for the same things all the time. Especially varying from American English and English English. There are quite a few differences, but that's okay. Language is living and breathing and it changes quite a bit over time. Thus far we've seen two words meaning "to be", "to know", "to see"... So it won't be unusual to see a bit of this happening. The great thing about is that these verbs have specifications and are used in certain cases. If you remember those specific cases for each verb, knowing which one to use won't be difficult.

So today we're going to discuss two verbs meaning "To ask". There are specifications for these two. Those rules are set below.

English Word
Spanish Equiv
To Deduce
(Female) Friend
To Deprive (Of)
La Filosofía

Today's Vocabulary

Hey Readers,

Today's Vocabulary will feature a hodgepodge of terms I've learned over the past few days. They come from my Spanish Word of The Day from SpanishDict. You should sign up and get the emails too! A good bit of the words I already know, however, to novice speakers, there are quite a few essential words to know. The emails come daily and usually in the morning and it features the word, pronunciation, definition, and example sentences. It's definitely a great thing to have. So go and sign up if you'd like.

I'll try my best to feature new words and some words that should never be forgotten. Thanks so much for practicing your vocabulary. It never hurts. Enjoy your lesson today!


  • To ask for
  • To request an object, service, or favor


  • To ask a question
  • To request information

Pedir Vs. Preguntar

Hey Readers,

Here we are. Thanks for reading today and now we're going to discuss the differences between Pedir and Preguntar. If you'll look to your right, you'll note some quick notes I put there to easily differentiate the two. I'm going to provide some sample sentences and then we can be on our way. Also, there is a nice video from a native speaker about the differences. She speaks mostly in Spanish in this lesson, so see if you're able to catch up. If not, there are plenty of resources online for you to use. So without further ado, let's look at the stipulations for Pedir.

Pedí un perro para la navidad. I asked for a dog for Christmas. Pedir must be used in order to represent a request for something.

Pedimos el hotel cerca de la playa. We asked for the hotel close to the beach. When you are asking for something specifically, use the verb Pedir.

Pregunto el profresor sobre de la tarea. I ask the teacher about the homework. Use Preguntar to ask a question.

Pregunté qué hora es. I asked what time it is. When you are requesting information, use Preguntar.

Well Readers, there you have it. There isn't much more to tell. If you're interesting in conjugation, just go online or find any Spanish Verb resource. Thanks so much for reading and see you all next week!!

Oh! We'll be discussing Expressions Using Tener.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

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