If you are studying Spanish or if you have Spanish speaking friends, you have probably heard the word “vale” already. However, what is the real meaning of this word and why is it so used by native speakers?
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Vale is mostly used in Spain, but the word has some variations in South America, such as “dale”, used in countries like Argentina and Uruguay, and they all mean the same thing: the exact same usage of the word “ok” in English.
That is to say, the word “vale” is most used to confirm information or even demonstrate accordance. Check the example below:
– El próximo curso de español comienza el 24 y 26, ¿vale?
In the example given above, “vale” is both used to confirm a piece of information and also to show conformance. It’s totally comparable with the usage of the word “right” in English. e.g. You speak Spanish, right?
Syntactically speaking, “vale” comes from the verb “valer”, conjugated in the third person of the singular (El, Ella, Ud) which literally means “to be worth” or “to be valid”, however, its usage can variate according to the situation.
Spanish speakers tend to use “vale” at the end of sentences as a way of double-checking if something is right or accurate. Yet, some words and expressions don’t have a proper translation in our mother tongue. It’s always recommendable to learn their proper usage so as not to make mistakes.
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