You might have heard the phrase Buenas tardes being used during an English conversation and considered the meaning behind this term. In this article, we are going to take a look at the meaning of the phrase as well as finding out where it first came from. We are also going to take a look at some examples of the saying being used so that we can gain a better understanding of how it works.
Buenas Tardes Meaning
The term buenas tardes means good afternoon.
Origin of the useful phrase
The phrase “buenas tardes” originally comes from Spanish, in which it means the same thing. There are a lot of phrases in the English language that have been ‘borrowed’ from another language and this is one of them.
“Buenas Tardes” Examples
Examples in Sentences
We are now going to look at some examples of how the term can be used within a sentence.
The first example is someone meeting a friend for lunch.
- Buenas tardes, my friend. How are you?
The second statement is being made by someone who has just entered the workplace.
- I’m here, at last, I’m sorry I am so late. Buenas tardes everyone.
There are a variety of conversations in which you might hear the term Buenas tardes being used. We are now going to take a look at some of the things you are likely to hear.
The first conversation is taking place between two friends chatting in the street.
- Person 1; “Did you have a good weekend?”
- Person 2; “Yes thank you. Oh look, here comes John.”
- Person 1; “Buenas tardes, John. Come and join us.”
The next conversation is taking place at a meeting point where someone is late. The term is being used in a sarcastic tone for this example.
- Person 1; “Where on earth is Mike?”
- Person 2; “I’ve no idea, he’s so late.”
- Person 1; “Oh look, there he is.”
- Person 2; “Buenas tardes, what time do you call this?”
Other Ways to Say the Idiom
There are ample ways in which you might express the meaning of the term Buenas tardes.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you might say instead.
- Good afternoon
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