ir vs irse





Introduction

When to use ir and irse in Spanish language? This simple concept will help you properly use it every time. Note that irse is infinitive reflexive form of verb ir – to go.




So we are using ir when talking about movement, to some place, from A to B etc. For movement in Spanish we are always using proposition “a”.

We are using irse when talking about leaving, abandoning some place. For that we are always using proposition “de” in Spanish.

Always using following syntax:
ir + a irse + de




Examples ir vs irse

Present

Esta tarde voy a visitar un amigo.
We are using ir + a which is voy + a in present.
Here we are talking about going to visit a friend. So we are indicating a movement.

Me voy de esta casa porque es pequeña.
We are using irse + de which is me voy + de in present.
Here we are talking about leaving, abandoning our house.

Past

Fui a Madrid a los 15 años durante un mes.
We are using ir + a which is fui + a in past.
Here we are talking about our trip to Madrid in past. So we are indicating a movement.

Me fui de Barcelona en 2016.
We are using irse + de which is me fui + de in past.
Here we are talking about leaving, abandoning Barcelona in 2016.




Exercises

Conjugates the verbs in parentheses in the pretérito perfecto.


Result
correct answers and incorrect = %

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