"mejor que me vaya vs mejor que me voy"

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I'm watching Revolutionary Road in Spanish and I've heard people use both,

"Mejor que me vaya"

and

"Mejor que me voy"

I was wondering what the difference was. The second option using indicative sounds to me a lot firmer. Like, I'm definitly going, whereas the first option with subjunctive could be more like a suggestion?

Anybody else have any thoughts on what both could mean?

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updated MAR 4, 2016
posted by redsoxnia
This is 7 years old , I doubt it is relevant to the person.
And nobody can best Lazarus , once he has answered then just go home and study it .

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Es mejor que me vaya / Mejor me voy native speaker

updated MAR 3, 2016
posted by fernand2017
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So what would 'mejor me voy' mean different from "mejor que me vaya"?

Sorry, what I meant to say is that the syntactic structure of "Mejor que me voy" (a wrong sentence) and "Mejor me voy" are quite different.

"Mejor me voy" simply means "I'm leaving" plus this "mejor", which is like "better" or "rather". "Mejor que me vaya" is a comment about what you think it would be best, instead of the announcement given with the indicative version (ie. I'm leaving).

updated MAR 2, 2016
edited by lazarus1907
posted by lazarus1907
Perhaps like the difference between, "Or better yet, I'm leaving" and "Perhaps it would be better that I leave."
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what about mejor coming later? / ¿Que piensa sobre "mejor" veniendo tarde en la frase?

¡Vamos mejor a la playa!

It's hard to translate with so few words to English. Es difícil que traducirlo con tan poco palabras.

updated MAR 2, 2016
edited by antonmo
posted by antonmo
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que me vaya

updated MAR 2, 2016
posted by Rey_Mysterio
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I sure wish you guys could translate everything that's spanish, so i can learn. So i'm taking a guess it says, it's better i should go/leave. Yes i know i can click on the word, it's just learning to speak/write spanish correctly.

thanks

updated AGO 16, 2009
posted by Keyno
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So what would 'mejor me voy' mean different from "mejor que me vaya"?

The meaning itself is not different.

Será mejor que me vaya..... Mejor....me voy.......

Pronounced with an open ending, sort of, has mainly the same meaning.

Welcome to the forum redsox, I have not seen you before grin

updated AGO 16, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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"However, you can use indicative by saying: Mejor me voy. Despite their similarities, this is a completely different sentence."

So what would 'mejor me voy' mean different from "mejor que me vaya"?

updated AGO 16, 2009
posted by redsoxnia
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Easy: the first one is correct; the second one is plain wrong, grammatically speaking. If you heard someone who calls himself Spanish native speaker, better don't learn Spanish from them, because anyone who speaks normal Spanish will correct you right away if you say such thing.

However, you can use indicative by saying: Mejor me voy. Despite their similarities, this is a completely different sentence.

updated AGO 16, 2009
edited by lazarus1907
posted by lazarus1907