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Perífrasis: dejar de Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

The periphrasis dejar de has several uses in Spanish. The first use shows the end of an action or habit.

Dejé de fumar el año pasado.
I stopped smoking last year.

He dejado de asistir a clase por falta de tiempo.
I stopped going to class for lack of time / because I didn’t have the time.

It’s also used in the imperative form:

¡Niño, deja de jugar con esa pelota!
Boy, stop playing with that ball!

¡Por favor, deja de molestarme!
Please, stop bothering me!

When used in the negative form, it shows:

– A repeated habit

No he dejado de venir un solo día.
I haven’t stopped coming one day. (I came here every single day.)

No he dejado de practicar un día.
I haven’t stopped practicing one day. (I practiced every single day.)

– An ongoing action

No deja de repetir lo mismo.
He keeps repeating the same thing. (on, and on and on)

No deja de hablar de ella.
He keeps talking about her.

– As a piece of advice or reminder

No dejes de llamarme.
Make sure to call me. /Call me.

No dejes de estudiar español.
Don’t stop studying Spanish. / Keep studying Spanish.

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