"Acabar De" + Infinitive


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In Spanish, many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form.

Yo voy a viajar a España.
I am going to travel to Spain.

acabas de comer.
You have just eaten.

Juan puede nadar cada día.
Juan can swim every day.

María vuelve a leer el libro.
María reads the book again.

One such expression combines the verb “acabar” (conjugated) with an infinitive. The preposition “de” is always used. The formula is:
acabar de + infinitive = to have just done something (in the very recent past)

Acabo de llevar a mi hermana a su casa.
I just took my sister to her house.

Acabas de invitar a muchas muchachas.
You have just invited many girls.

Cristina acaba de conversar con mi mamá.
Christina has just spoken with my mom.

Nosotros acabamos de leer el libro.
We just read the book.

Vosotros acabáis de escribir unas cartas.
You-all have just written some letters.

Ellos acaban de nadar en el mar.
They have just swum in the ocean.

Let’s add a flashcard for the expression “acabar de + infinitive”:

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acabar de + infinitive

to have just done something
(acabo, acabas, acaba, acabamos, acabáis, acaban)