Spanish Grammar Guide

Ir vs. irse

Sometimes, when we take a verb and we make it reflexive, the meaning completely changes. That happens in English when adding prepositions: to look, for example, is different from to look after.

A very distinct case would be the following:

Ir to go
Irse to leave

We use them with these prepositions:

Ir a
Irse de

In the present tense:

Yo voy a la fiesta. (I go to the party.)

Yo me voy de la fiesta. (I leave [from] the party.)

In the past tense:

Yo fui a una fiesta ayer a las cinco. (I went to a party yesterday at five.)

Yo me fui de la fiesta ayer a las ocho. (I left [from] the party yesterday at eight.) 


AMANDA: Irene, ¿a qué hora llegaste a tu trabajo ayer?

IRENE: Llegué a mi trabajo a las nueve de la mañana.

A: ¿A qué hora te fuiste de tu trabajo?

I: Me fui de mi trabajo a las seis de la tarde.

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