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Old April 08, 2010, 05:55 PM
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Two sentences from my workbook:
- ¿No sabes que Ana está de viaje por Ecuador?
- Pero, ¿tú no recuerdas que hablamos de Ana?

I'm not sure why they used "por" in the first and "de" in the second. Is "por" always used with "viajar"? And "de" with "hablar"?
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It's hard to make exhaustive lists of verbs and their matching prepositions.
Prepositions depend your intention. I can only suggest that you practice a lot.

Just a little note: "Andar/estar de viaje" (to be on a trip) is not exactly "viajar" (to travel).

· Anda de viaje por Ecuador. -> She's travelling somewhere around Ecuador.
· Anda de viaje en Ecuador. -> She's travelling in Ecuador.
(Similar ideas, but I'd say "por" is a bit more vague.)

"Viajar" can use: -a, -por, -en, -con/-sin, -desde, -hacia, -hasta, -para...:

· Pedro viaja a Berlín esta tarde.
Pedro is travelling to berlin this afternoon.
· Viajaron por toda Europa en 30 días.
They travelled around Europe in 30 days.
· ¿Viajaste en tren o en autobús?
Did you travel by train or by bus?
· Juan viaja siempre con/sin su esposa.
Juan always travels with/without his wife.
· Mis padres viajan cada año desde Canadá para visitarme.
My parents travel every year from Canada to visit me.
· Empezamos viajando hacia el norte, pero luego nos desviamos del camino.
We started the trip to the North, but then we turned away from the road.


Hablar de/acerca de (algo/alguien):
· Estamos hablando del/acerca del calentamiento global.
We're talking about global warming.
· ¿Estás hablando de/acerca de mí?
Are you talking about me?


There is also "Hablar con (alguien)":

· Hablé con el director de la escuela y dice que no estás yendo a clases.
I talked to the school principal and he says you're not attending your classes.
· Habla con tu esposa para que te perdone por lo que le hiciste.
Talk to your wife so she'll forgive you for what you've done to her.
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It's hard to make exhaustive lists of verbs and their matching prepositions.
Prepositions depend your intention. I can only suggest that you practice a lot.

Just a little note: "Andar/estar de viaje" (to be on a trip) is not exactly "viajar" (to travel).

· Anda de viaje por Ecuador. -> She's travelling somewhere around Ecuador.
· Anda de viaje en Ecuador. -> She's travelling in Ecuador.
(Similar ideas, but I'd say "por" is a bit more vague.)

"Viajar" can use: -a, -por, -en, -con/-sin, -desde, -hacia, -hasta, -para...:

· Pedro viaja a Berlín esta tarde.
Pedro is travelling to berlin this afternoon.
· Viajaron por toda Europa en 30 días.
They travelled around Europe in 30 days.
· ¿Viajaste en tren o en autobús?
Did you travel by train or by bus?
· Juan viaja siempre con/sin su esposa.
Juan always travels with/without his wife.
· Mis padres viajan cada año desde Canadá para visitarme.
My parents travel every year from Canada to visit me.
· Empezamos viajando hacia el norte, pero luego nos desviamos del camino.
We started the trip to the North, but then we turned away from the road.


Hablar de/acerca de (algo/alguien):
· Estamos hablando del/acerca del calentamiento global.
We're talking about global warming.
· ¿Estás hablando de/acerca de mí?
Are you talking about me?


There is also "Hablar con (alguien)":

· Hablé con el director de la escuela y dice que no estás yendo a clases.
I talked to the school principal and he says you're not attending your classes.
· Habla con tu esposa para que te perdone por lo que le hiciste.
Talk to your wife so she'll forgive you for what you've done to her.
Thanks, Malila ~ actually, the "estar de viaje por..." makes a lot of sense because of "por aca/alla", which I totally DO understand.

The rest of the examples are very helpful, too!

Thank you!! Practicing..........................
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