Quedarse – A Verb Of Change

Mi padre se está quedando calvo.

¡Buenos Días!

Yesterday, I explored the use of ponerse as one of the verbs of change in Spanish.  Today, I am looking at quedarse, another verb of change, as a way to say to become or to get.

Quedarse expresses change as the result of a previous situation.  The change can be temporary, but is usually permanent.  It is used with negative, involuntary changes.

Body Change

Quedarse followed by an adjective is used is to talk about bodily changes.  Four example sentences are:

Mi padre se está quedando calvo. (My father is getting bald/becoming bald/going bald.)

Las estadisticas revelan que por lo menos un tercero de la población masculina manifiesta temor a quedarse calvo. (Statistics show that at least a third of the male population worry about getting bald/becoming bald/going bald.)

Se quedó ciego a los 20 años. (He went blind/became blind when he was 20 years old.)

Raquel se quedó embarazada el agosto pasado.  (Raquel became pregnant/got pregnant last august.)

Family Changes

Quedarse + adjetivo is often used to express a change in a family situation.  An example sentence is:

Se quedó viuda. (She became a widow.)  

Behavioral And Emotional Changes

Another use of quedarse + adjetivo is to speak of a change in behavior or an emotional reaction to something. Example sentences:

Se quedó callados. (They got quiet.)

Me quedó sopredido. (I was surprised.)

Mis padres se quedaron preocupados. (My parents became concerned.)

Situational Change

Another way to express change is to use quedarse followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with sin (without) to talk about a change in a situation.


Diego se quedó sin dinero. (Diego was left penniless.)

A nice place to learn about verbs of change is at Ver-Taal, a free website you can use to practice Spanish.

¡Hasta Luego!

Image Credit: Moonscape of Bald Head by Malehmann  https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3231/2811866437_8a88c70abb_b.jpg

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