Use of Verbs quedar, encontrarse, and ubicar  

Irregular Spanish Verbs

Verb quedar

The verb quedar is very useful in explaining where a place is. It literally means "to stay, to remain". But when used to refer to location, it has the same basic meaning as the verb estar.

¿Por dónde queda el estadio de fútbol?
Where is the soccer stadium?

Queda muy cerca del museo de bellas artes.
It's very close to the museum of fine arts.

No queda muy lejos de aquí.
It's not very far from here.

Verb encontrarse

The verb encontrarse is often used to explain the location of a place. It literally means "to be found," but it is used in the same way as estar or quedar.

¿En dónde se encuentra la catedral?
Where is the cathedral?

Se encuentra en la plaza central.
It is located in the main plaza.

Verb ubicar

The verb ubicada is often used in its past participle form preceded by the verb estar. Its meaning is "to be located."

Tu casa está bien ubicada.
Your house is well located.

La casa está ubicada a tres cuadras del centro en un callejón tranquilo.
The house is located three blocks from downtown on a quiet side street.

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