In Spanish, linking two verbs together can be done in three different ways when the second verb is an infinitive. Let’s see how they work.
How to link two verbs in Spanish
1. With no linking words in between:
Querer hacer algo (to want to do something).
Necesitar hacer algo (To need to do something).
Preferir hacer algo (To prefer to do something).
2. With a preposition:
Ir a hacer algo (to be going to do something).
Aprender a hacer algo (to learn to do something).
Dejar de hacer algo (to stop doing something).
Note that you have to learn the preposition required for each verb (see verbs with prepositions “A“)
3. Inset structures:
Tener que hacer algo (to have to do something).
I’m afraid there is no rule that lets you know which verbs belong to each group above, you will have to memorize the most common ones. If you have questions about the use of a specific verb, you can leave us a message in the comments and we will be happy to answer you.
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