Expressions with "Comer"

Quick Answer

Everyone likes talking about food, so it comes as no surprise that the verb comeris one of the most commonly used verbs in Spanish. Comer generally means to eat, but in some expressions it can take on a different meaning.

Conjugating Comer

Comeris a regular verb in all forms and tenses. Click here for the conjugation table.

Pronominal Use of Comer

The pronominal se is added to comer when the speaker wants to emphasize the quantity of food eaten. The difference between comer and comerse is subtle and doesn’t change the meaning of the verb.

Take a look at the following examples.

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Comí pizza hoy.
I ate pizza today.
Me comí una pizza entera hoy.
I ate a whole pizza today.

It is more common to use comerse in spoken Spanish than in written Spanish.

Dar De Comer

When you want to talk about providing someone or something with food, we use the phrase dar de comer. This phrase is often used with an indirect object pronoun, which is placed in front of the conjugated form of dar.

Take a look at this example.

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Les dimos de comer a los patos del lago.
We fed the ducks in the lake.

To Have for Lunch/Dinner

Typically the verb almorzaris used to express to have for lunch or to have lunch. In Mexico and Spain, comer can be used instead. Similarly, it is common in Latin America to use comer instead of cenara to express to have for dinner or to have dinner.

Check out these examples.

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Vamos a comer sopa de tomate.
We're going to have tomato soup for lunch.
Tengo ganas de comer paella.
I feel like having paella for dinner.

How to Say You Already Ate

To say you already ate in Spanish, you can conjugate comer in the preterite or present perfect and add ya. The present perfect is more common in Spain than in Latin America.

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¿Desea algo de comer? - No, gracias. Ya comí.
Would you like something to eat? - No thanks. I already ate.
¿Quieres más pasta? - No. Ya he comido bastante.
Do you want more pasta? - No. I've already eaten enough.

More Expressions with Comer

SpanishEnglish
algo de comer
something to eat
comer fuera
to eat out
no tener qué comer
to not have anything to eat
¿Qué hay de comer?
What’s for lunch/dinner?
irse a comer
to go out to eat
comer sano
to have a healthy diet
comer hasta reventar
to eat until you burst
comer con los ojos
to have eyes bigger than one's stomach
comerse a alguien a besos
to smother somebody in kisses
comerse el mundo
to conquer the world
comerse las uñas
to bite one’s nails