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Old 2nd March 2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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Una pregunta, por favor: ¿Qué significa la frase, 'Ve yendo tu y ahora cuando termine de vestirme voy yo.'?
Is it, 'I see you going/leaving and now when I finish [in subjunctive] dressing myself I (will) go.'
I can't 'get' this one at all.
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Old 2nd March 2009, 03:10 PM   #2
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It means "You go on ahead and when I've finished getting dressed I'll catch you up/come too"
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Old 2nd March 2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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Una pregunta, por favor: ¿Qué significa la frase, 'Ve yendo tu y ahora cuando termine de vestirme voy yo.'?
Is it, 'I see you going/leaving and now when I finish [in subjunctive] dressing myself I (will) go.'
I can't 'get' this one at all.
Ve yendo = you go first/you go ahead

So the phrase is something like:

You go ahead and I'll go right after I finish getting dressed.
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Old 2nd March 2009, 10:55 PM   #4
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'I see you going/leaving and now when I finish [in subjunctive] dressing myself I (will) go.'
I can't 'get' this one at all.
The "tú" form of the imperative of the verbs "ver" and "ir" are the same, but here they are using "ir". The construction <ir + gerund> is used to indicate an action that it is gradually developing or advancing, and here it is used in imperative:

Ve leyéndote eso = Start/go on reading that
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Old 2nd March 2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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Ben, Legazpi and lazarus1907,

Many thanks to you all for helping me understand this. I appreciate learning both what this means and what is going on; i.e., what parts of speech are doing what here.

Onwards and upwards,

Alan
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