Salir vs Dejar

Common Mistakes in Spanish


The verbs Salir and Dejar in Spanish frequently confuse English speakers since they both mean To Leave. However, these verbs are NOT interchangeable since they have different meanings and are used depending on the context.


When to use Salir

A) Salir is used when you leave a place (or go out / exit).

B) Salir is also used to say that something came out.

C) Salir is also used to say that you are going out with someone.


When to use Dejar

A) Dejar is used when you leave something behind.

B) Dejar is used when you leave someone (usually somewhere).

C) Dejar de is used when you quit something.


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See the complete conjugation of the verbs Salir and Dejar with examples in each tense.

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