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Cuando alguien te hace una pregunta, y no estas seguro de la respuesta, se puede

decir "depende". Esta frase significa que no se puede responder hasta que sepa ms
informacin. En el ejemplo anterior, no puedo responder a la pregunta, "Quieres
desayunar?" Hasta que no sepa lo que tu madre est cocinando.
Indican la informacin que necesita saber con el fin de tomar la decisin de usar
"depende de ___":
Depende de lo que ests haciendo.
"Do you want some breakfast?"
It depends on what you're making. (AQU LA ESTRUCTURA ES SIN

Tambin se puede simplemente decir "depende". y luego hacer una pregunta:

A: Quieres venir?
B: Depende. Quin asistir?

A: Do you want to come?

B: It depends. Who else is going? (AQU HAY PREGUNTA)


Do you help to me?
It depends. What do I have to do?


The plant needs sunlight, it depends on light to make food.


We might go to the beach tomorrow. It depends on the weather

It depends if the weather is good or not.

The most simple answer is a sentence stating 'It depends.' After this, you can follow up
by stating yes and no conditions. In other words, the meaning of the phrase:
It depends. If it is sunny - yes, but if it is rainy - no. = It depends if the weather is good
or not.
Another common conversational reply to a yes / no question is 'It depends. Sometimes,
yes. Sometimes, no.' However, as you can imagine answering a question with this
doesn't provide much information. Here is a short dialogue as an example:
Mary: Do you enjoy playing golf?
Jim: It depends. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Answering the question with a more complete version provides more information:
Mary: Do you enjoy playing golf?
Jim: It depends. If I play well - yes, but if I play badly - no.

It depends on + noun / noun clause

One of the most common ways to use 'it depends' is with the preposition 'on'. Be
careful to not use another preposition! I sometimes hear 'It depends about...' or 'It
depends from ...' these are both incorrect. Use 'It depends on' with a noun or noun
phrase, but not with a full clause. For example:
Mary: Do you like Italian food?
Jim: It depends on the restaurant.
Mary: Do you like Italian food?
Jim: It depends on the type of restaurant.
It depends on how + adjective + subject + verb

A similar usage that takes a full clause is 'It depends on how' plus an adjective followed
by adjective and full clause. Remember that a full clause takes both the subject and
verb. Here are a few examples:
Mary: Are you lazy?
Jim: It depends on how important the task is to me.
Mary: Are you a good student?
Jim: It depends on how difficult the class is.

It depends on which / where / when / why / who + subject + verb

Another similar use of 'It depends on' is with questions words. Follow 'It depends on'
with aquestion word and a full clause. Here are a few examples:
Mary: Are you usually on time?
Jim: It depends on when I get up.
Mary: Do you like buying gifts?
Jim: It depends on who the gift is for.

It depends + if clause
Finally, use 'it depends' with an if clause to express conditions for whether something is
true or not. It's common to end the if clause with 'or not'. Here are two examples:
Mary: Do you spend a lot of money?
Jim: It depends if I'm on vacation or not.
Mary: Do you understand French?
Jim: It depends on who speak it.