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Welcome to Vol. 65 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. This week we take a look at an important verb with a variety of meanings: el verbo echar. We also have another one of Sandrita's fabulous recipes this week - Mexican Lasagna (if only she'd come cook it for us...:)

Using the Spanish Verb Echar

This is a super common and versatile verb - meaning to toss, throw, fling, or put in. In some cases it can also mean "give" - like give it a look, give it a bit more gas, etc.

For a full conjugation chart of all tenses, click here. But looking at conjugations doesn't help give you a grasp on the variety of usages for echar - for that we'll need to look at some sentences using the verb, as well as some idiomatic expressions that use echar and echarse, the reflexive form of the verb (reminder: reflexive verbs reflect back on who is doing the action: bañarse = yo me baño - I take a bath or bathe myself, irse = tú te vas - you go or you take yourself, etc).

Sentences with Echar - Oraciones con el Verbo Echar

Echa la pelota
Throw the ball

No eches eso a la basura
Don't throw that in the garbage

¡Échale más gasolina!
Give it more gas!

¿Puedes echarle una mirada a mi coche?
Can you take a look at my car?

¡No me eches la culpa a mi!
Don't go blaming me! (or don't put that blame on me!)

hear audio mp3Click to hear an mp3 of the preterite tense

Idiomatic Expressions with the Verb Echar

echar a + infinitive to start to
echar en cara to throw in somebody's face
echar a perder to ruin or spoil
echar en el olvido to forget completely
echar abajo to demolish
echar flores to flatter
echar al correo to mail or put in the mail
echar mano a to lay hands on
echar la bronca a uno to get mad at somebody
echar raíces to take root
echar chispas to be angry or very mad
echar todo a rodar to screw things up or spoil things
echar una mirada to take a look
echar la culpa to blame or put the blame on somebody
echar de menos to miss (as in: while you were gone I missed you)
echar de comer to feed (animals)

echarse atrás to lean backwards or retract
echarse a dormir to lie down to sleep
echárselas de to boast or brag of being something

Worksheet/Activity: The Verb Echar

Quiz: Spanish Verb Echar

Hangman: El Verbo Echar

Internet Link: Expressions w/ Echar


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