Verbs with no preposition in Spanish (A2)

Verbs with no preposition in Spanish, unlike English. Although the verbs below have a preposition when they are used before a noun in English, they don’t need one in Spanish because it’s built into the word. This means that their object is a direct object.

List of verbs with no preposition in Spanish

Apagar                to turn off (a light)
Bajar                    to go down
Borrar                  to rub out
Buscar                to look for
Caerse                to fall down
Colgar                  to hang up
Encender            to light up
Escuchar             to listen to
Esperar               to wait for
Lograr                 to succeed in
Mirar                   to look at
Pagar                   to pay for
Pedir                    to ask for
Poner                  to turn on (radio, TV, washing machine…)
Quitar                 to take off
Sacar                   to take out
Salir                     to go out
Subir                    to go up

Mi marido está buscando los pasaportes (My husband is looking for the passports).

Estamos esperando el autobus (We are looking for the bus).

Pagaré las copas  (I’ll pay for the drinks).

He pedido un café (I have asked for a coffee).

When a direct object is a specific person, you use the personal preposition “a :

Estoy buscando a mi marido (I am looking for my husband).

Estoy esperando a mis hijos (I am looking for my children).

If you are interested in continuous learning about this subject you can go to the post verbs and prepositions: con, en, and por.  Remember to contact your tutor with any questions you have about verbs with no prepositions in Spanish. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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