Hi to everybody, I am new to spanish, I am studying solo and listening to cds.

Can somebody explain to me the difference between "yo voy a comer" and "yo me voy a comer"

Do both mean "I am going to eat"? If yes, when do we use the one and when the other?



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Hola George,
I'm not an expert on verbs but,
"yo voy a comer" is immediate "I'm going to eat" now
"yo me voy a comer" is in the near future and it sounds more like "I'm going to eat downstairs" "I'm going to eat in the kitchen" or "I'm going to eat with my mother" "me voy" implies you are moving from one place to another.

Espero que esto te ayude.

In the most of cases there are no any difference:

Son las 2 de la tarde, yo voy a comer y regreso.

Son las 2 de la tarde, me voy a comer y regreso.

Sometimes when you use "me voy" you only emphazise in the fac that "you're leaving"
I knew that "irse" means "to go away"
In "Voy a comer" you're using the near future: ir + a + infinitive.

In "Me voy a comer" you're using the verb "irse".

As Sanz said, sometimes there's no semantic difference. In the examples he gives there's no difference because of "y regreso". However, if you're at work and just say "Voy a comer" you may mean that you're gonna have lunch right there, but if you say "Me voy a comer" it can only mean that you're gonna go out.


I study spanish alone as well and I've had teachers, I'm pretty good with words and conjugations but grammar is kicking my butt right now. As far as your question goes I'd say that you would use "yo voy a comer" when your going to eat but you don't know exactly when and use "yo me voy a comer" when your about to eat right that second or on your way to eat! Thats how I would use it just to be on the safe side but either can be used!
Voy is from the word ir (to go). So "voy a comer" means "I am going to eat."

Me voy is from the word irse (which is reflexive and means to leave). So "me voy a comer" means "I am leaving to eat."

A reflexive verb has to have me, te, se, or nos used when conjugating the main verb. It is basically refers to the person receiving the action. I bath myself = me baño.

Hope that helps.
Gracias Todos,

Thanks to all, You really made it very clear.
George_2006Gracias a Todos,

Thanks to all, You really made it very clear.

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