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Target word for “para que”

I was listening to news in slow Spanish today and came across the following sentence: Obama dijo que le había dado más de un año al Congreso para que actuara y nada había ocurrido. While I ...
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«Porque» después de «inclinarse por»

Según este enlace, la conjunción que debe ir separada de por cuando el verbo exija esa preposición. Como ejemplo pongo el verbo inclinarse por: Me inclino por que estés aquí. Se inclinaba por ...
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Difference between “cariciar” and “acariciar”

Both words mean "to caress" or "to fondle" according to the dictionaries. Is it really so? Are the exactly the same thing? If not, in what way does adding that "a" change the meaning? My question also ...
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“Quiero comprarlo” vs “Lo quiero comprar”

Wile studying grammar, I learned that the object pronoun could go in either of the places when the verb is being used as an infinitive. So, for "I want to buy it," both of these sentences would be ...
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Declension of the word “patán”

How does one decline (if at all) the adjective patán? We all know there's inconsistencies in languages and I was thinking about this adjective. My intuition tells me it should be declined, but it ...
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Hablar contigo vs Hablarte vs Hablar con tú

What's the difference in connotation between these three phrases? Are they all correct? I am trying to say I want to talk to you. Quiero hablarte. Quiero hablar contigo. Quiero hablar ...
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“Te tengo que decir adiós” o “tengo a decir adiós”

¡Buenas, amigos! Yo tengo una pregunta, yo escucho una canción, y algunas palabras son: "Te tengo que decir adios" ¿Cómo? Al decir "I have to say goodbye" en español, ¿por qué no dice "yo ...
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Mystery wrapped in an enigma

I am trying to say, in Spanish: A mystery wrapped in an enigma Would: Un misterio envuelto en un enigma be correct grammar?
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

¿Qué significa el se en esta frase? Siempre didáctico, hizo [Melquíades] una sabia exposición sobre las virtudes diabólicas del cinabrio. Úrsula no le hizo caso, sino que se llevó los niños a ...
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When to use indefinite article?

I learned from my teacher that indefinite articles (un, una) are used only before modified nouns, that is nouns followed by adjectives. Does this apply to definite articles (el, la)? Another ...
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Is “cosas que [infinitive]” a special construction?

English A friend asked me today if this phrase was a special construction or if it had a name: Tengo una misión que cumplir The construction being [noun] que [infinitive]. Now, I coudn't really ...
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Verbos con sus respectivas preposiciones

Cada vez que busco en un diccionario inglés-español un verbo (en inglés), el diccionario muestra generalmente la preposición que acompaña a ese verbo, a veces suelen ser dos o más preposiciones. Es ...
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Why is there an interrogative pronoun in this sentence which is not a question?

I've seen the use of interrogative pronouns in ordinary statements, not just questions. For example, from the book "Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal": "Los Dursley se estremecían al pensar qué ...
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What does the ending “-ón” signify?

English: Consider the following: rata -> ratón puerta -> portón gata -> gatón Does the -ón ending change anything? Which word should I use and why? Español: Considere lo siguente: ...
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Grande vs Gran usage

Los grandes imperios han dominado la humanidad. Why not can't gran replace grandes in the sentence?
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Usage of porque, por qué, porqué, y por que

Trato de ayudarla +preposición+ no se deprima. Which form of "because" would you use to fill in the blank in the sentence to complete it?
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Estar vs Ser usage with muy bien

Está muy bien Why not say Es muy bien? In what context would you use está muy bien? What noun could you refer estar to? Could you refer estar to a person, place, or thing? Could you say él ...
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Use of ser vs estar with past participle

Se compró una figura que estaba hecho de madera. Why can't era be used in place of estaba?
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Use of subjunctive and presence of doubt

Colón dijo: "Aunque tenga que buscarlos en las cárceles, los encontraré." Why is the subjunctive for the verb tener used? Can't the indicative be used instead of the subjunctive?
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imperative or subjunctive

In my Spanish class I have learnt that only the second person (s & pl) has distinct forms for the imperative, but the forms for all other persons are the same as for the subjunctive. ...
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Uso de Ser vs Estar y objectos directos y indirectors

1.>Esta bolsa está rota. Por qué no puede usar "es" en vez de "estar" en esta frase?
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If soy and eres mean “I am” and “you are”, when should you use “yo soy” and “tú eres”? [duplicate]

Knowing that verbs imply the subject (unlike English), when is it necessary to be redundant and use the subject? I gathered that it is only used at the beginning of a conversation, but I'm not sure. ...
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Plural form of letters

What is the correct plural of single letters? I encountered three variants: veinte a's, una b, dieciséis c's, trece d's, treinta e's, dos f's, ... (Source) dieciséis «a», una «b», quince «c», once ...
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Bien vs buen/bueno/buena to describe something good

I have encountered phrases like these: La buena comida. El buen hombre. Buenos días. However in none of these instances is it grammatically correct to substitute bien even though it ...
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When and why is a “determiner” necessary for a subject?

This answer mentions that: In Spanish, for a number of reasons ... , a subject must have some sort of determiner attached to it. For cena that could be an article like una or la; a quantifier like ...
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Correction of Translations from English to Spanish [closed]

can you please correct my mistakes? My parents made me clean my room before allowing me to go out with my friends. Mis padres me obligan a limpiar mi habitación antes de permetirme salir con mis ...
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Can “mi” be used as a regular pronoun?

Mi is usually used like this: Esta es mi casa. --> This is my house. However, sometimes I've seen it used as a regular pronoun like this: Él tiene más libros que mi. --> He has more books ...
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definite article - and the use of “al”

I'm currently learning Spanish Grammar and hoping someone can help me out. I have a sentence in my book which is: Me gusta jugar al fútbol. And another sentence: Juega al fútbol todos los ...
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“echado” vs “echando”

Question 1: echado vs echando Observo al hombre echado en el suelo. I think this sentence translates into English as: He observed the person lying on the ground. Why does the Spanish ...
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diferente vs. otro/otra

I'm a bit confused about the differences in use of diferente and otro/otra. For example, I want to say "I'm a programmer like Javier, but I work for a different company." Would that be Soy un ...
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What's the function of 'a' in the following sentences?

"Mientras Pepe jugaba a el baloncesto": el baloncesto has no life nor related to human beings, why put "a" in the sentence, why not say like "mientras Pepe jUgaba el baloncesto". "Fue primero a la ...
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Some questions about Spanish tenses and sentence structure [closed]

"Mientras Marcos jugaba al baloncesto con sus companeros, sintió calor y se quitó la chaqueta", I wanna know if I can speak this sentence in such way like "Mientras Marcos estuvo jugando al ...
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How to deal with personal direct object and indirect object?

When I try to translate this sentence Juan send his daughter to his mother I got this Juan envía a su hija a su madre Considering the following facts: su hija is a personal direct object ...
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Translation of “can”

I know can is poder in Spanish. But generally it would indicate the ability to do something rather than the permission. You cannot drink. No puedo beber. The above sentence could imply: 1) ...
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Pretérito perfecto + subjuntivo presente

En mi país (Uruguay) hay una propensión muy grande a cometer el error que ilustro en el siguiente ejemplo: Juan me pidió que vaya a su casa. cuando debería ser Juan me pidió que fuera a su ...
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Learning Spanish [closed]

Can you give me some tips how I can start learning Spanish ? A way where I don't have to drill vocabularies and grammar. When I learned languages at school I was always able to read and write, but ...
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Conjugation of verb in sentence adverbial clause and subjunctive

Ellos lo hacen de manera que no (haber) errores. Why is this haya and not hay? The main clause is in the indicative.
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Translating a legit double negative [duplicate]

Some may think this question is a duplicate of this How does one say "It's not nothing." but I feel the question was not answered fully, or at least I didn't learn very much from the ...
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Probability: Future Perfect v. Conditional Perfect

What's the difference between using the future perfect to describe probability in the past and using the conditional perfect to describe probability in the past? Ex. Yo habré comido mucho. v. Yo ...
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What is the difference between “es” and “está”?

Can any one please explain to me when should I use está in place of es? As far as my understanding goes es translates to is and está translates to this. But sometimes I see that está is translating ...
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Cual es la diferencia entre “como” y “ya que”

Pensaba que eran lo mismo pero parece que no es así, ya que encontré una alternativa en una comprensión de lectura para DELE C1, que tiene ambas palabras como opciones: Pero este proceso solo ...
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Usages of Se and Verbs [duplicate]

I get really confused about this and am looking for some kind of trick. It seems sometimes "se" means to do something to oneself and sometimes not. "Juan se ducha" (Juan showers himself) Other ...
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Spanish for “to no end”

Consider the following translation: His laziness disgusts me. Me da asco su flojedad. What if I wanted to add "to no end" to the sentence? His laziness disgusts me to no end.
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¿Qué se te ofrece?

Llevo más o menos tres años hablando español, dos de los cuales viví en Mexico. Pero algo que sigo sin entender es por qué, si hay alguna razón, decimos ¿Qué se te ofrece? y no ¿Qué te ofrezco? o ¿Qué ...
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How do I write “when scheduled” for a future appointment?

At my job, I sometimes have to make a list of requirements for Spanish-speaking clients. This list entails certain appointments. For the "employment assessment" I also write the phrase "when ...
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Pretérito perfecto compuesto: “E” en vez de “He”

Buenas ¿Al usar el préterito perfecto compuesto ("Yo he conseguido"), es correcto poner "E" en vez de "He"? La frase sería "Yo e conseguido". Temo que sea correcto. Al hablarse, supestamente el "h" ...
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“TANTO o más importante” vs “TAN o más importante”

Estaba haciendo ejercicios para el examen DELE C1 y había una pregunta de hueco: Pues bien, resulta que contemplar el mundo en tres dimensiones espaciales resulta que es ______ o más importante. ...
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When should one use “para” for the English word “to”?

This is an extension of the question What is the difference between using "de" and "que" for the English word "to"? Consider the sentence "You have one minute to ...
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Pretérito Perfecto vs. Pretérito Indefinido - which one is correct

If I want to say that my neighbor broke his leg this summer and couldn't walk for 3 months which tense should I use: preterito perfecto or preterito indefinido? So far I've come up with (indefinido ...
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Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?

I see on stores that they have a sign that says Se habla español. From first glance I would think that it is saying "It speaks Spanish". How is it unambiguous that it is saying "We speak Spanish"? I ...