Set of structural rules that govern the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

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Meaning of “Se te olvidó quererme”

I'm learning Spanish, so I listen to a lot of Spanish music. One of the songs that I have is called Se te olvidó quererme I can't seem to figure out what it means. Google translate translates ...
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How do I say “I am going to go to” in spanish?

I am using English to spanish translater to convert the following sentence into Spanish : I am going to go to Guatemala. Translater Response : Voy a ir a Guatemala. Does it make sense in ...
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Natural vs. “Forced” language learning [migrated]

Would the "natural" way of learning a language (the way we learn our mother tongue) be better even for acquiring second (and third, etc.) languages? What I mean is: The "natural" way to learn a ...
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Using past tenses with specific verbs

I would like to know how to use past tenses with verbs like 'ser', 'estar', 'tener' 'vivir'. Specifically, I can say 'Pensaba en ti' and 'Pense en ti'. They're equivalent of english 'I was thinking ...
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estar + gerundio vs imperfecto

What're the differences between those both constructions? If yesterday I had lost my dog and was looking him should I say Ayer estaba buscando mi perro. or Ayer buscaba mi perro. And ...
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A proper way to say “You are the love of my life” in spanish

I just sent the following whats app message to my girlfriend in Guatemala city : Mi amor! Te amo mucho. Tú eres el amor de mi vida. Does it make sense in Spanish? Or is this the proper way to ...
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Does this sentence contain a redundant “la”? [closed]

It seems to me that this sentence: "[...] asalto con violencia y de usar un lenguaje soez e inmoral en presencia de la la señora." ...from the translation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" ("Matar a un ...
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Polite way to say “I am fine” in spanish

When My boss asks "Como estas? I reply : "Estoy muy muy feliz" Does it make sense in spanish? Or What is a better/polite way to say "I am fine"?
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Sujeto de la oración “Está oscureciendo temprano”

Tengo una duda con esta tarea de mi hijo. La oración es muy simple: Está oscureciendo temprano. Pienso que puede ser una oración impersonal sin sujeto, como en "Llueve fuerte", pero ...
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Trying to make a certificate for my Spanish teacher

I am making an end-of-year certificate for my Spanish teacher, and just need a quick confirmation that this is right. Una profesora increíble con mucho entusiasmo y tiene mucho amor por sus ...
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'Hasta dentro de <tiempo>' is always in negative sentence?

Question I heard 'Hasta dentro' should always be in a negative context. Hence example 2 is incorrect. NOTE: This is to clarify why 'Negative' context is expected to come with 'haste dentro', not to ...
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'Se' in 'Se tardó el tren por el mal clima'

Question What is the function of 'se' in "Se tardó el tren por el mal clima"? The statement itself may be wrong, but if it is correct, which one is the function of 'se'? Passive (The tren was ...
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¿Qué opción es correcta: “y e-mail” o “e e-mail”?

Estaba escribiendo la frase "nombre, apellido e e-mail" cuando me surgió la duda: ¿debo escribir "e e-mail" o "y e-mail"? La "e" de "e-mail" suena como "i" (i meil), pero se escribe con "e". ¿A cuál ...
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¿Cómo se realiza una pregunta con una conjunción disyuntiva?

Digamos que quiero preguntarle a alguien si fui yo quién lo despertó o si ya estaba despierto, ¿cuál es la manera correcta de hacerlo?, se me ocurren las siguientes posibilidades: ¿Estabas ...
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Would 'quién' be used here or 'quien'?

No tengo a nadie con quien practicar. Would quién be used here or quien? Guides online that explain the difference are a little hard for me to understand. Which is grammatical?
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Does “Eso no es nada” mean “That is nothing” or does it mean “That is not nothing”?

In Treasure Island, there is this passage: "This is nothing," he said as soon as he had closed the door. "I have drawn blood enough to keep him quiet awhile; he should lie for a week where he ...
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Question word used as a noun

Buenas tardes, En algunos programas españoles que he visto, a menudo se dice "No tienes por qué" o "No tiene dónde ir." He aprendido que las palabras "por qué", "dónde", etc. se usan para preguntas, ...
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Como te vas, Como te va, Como se va

Objective Clarify the meanings of these expressions and the functions of 'ir'. Como te vas I suppose this is the refiexive form 'irse' and it means "how you leave" or "how you go". Como te va I ...
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'Vale la pena' in infinitive

Yeseterday I was asked if I spoke enough Spanish to go to the cinema and watch a film in Spanish. What I wanted to say was 'I speak enough to be worth going', so I went for 'Hablo suficiente para ...
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Adjective in “buena casa”

Is una buena casa or una casa bien preferred when you want to write "good house"? What is the difference between bien and buen?
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Pronouns direct and indirect

¿El director les quiere dar el guión a los actores? Sí, quiere dárselos or Sí, quiere dárselo. Which one is correct?
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How do you use very “muy” in Spanish

I am studying Spanish with Michel Thomas Method. It states: That is a very good idea. = Eso es una buena idea. I notice that there is no "muy" in the Spanish translation. Does this mean that ...
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Why “ni” instead of “no” in the sentence “Ni siquiera puedo dormir”? [duplicate]

Ni siquiera puedo dormir Which is the translation for I cannot even sleep. So I was wondering why cannot it be No siquiera puedo dormir. How does 'No' became 'Ni' in the above ...
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Preposition and direct objects which are persons

I made several mistakes regarding prepositions in a Spanish text, and my teacher wrote this at the end: Un caso específico de preposiciones que faltan es cuando se trata de un objeto directo que ...
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Is the grammar for this verse correct? [closed]

Is the grammar in the following verse correct? For example is Niña de Amerilla how you'd say "girl in yellow", as in yellow clothing. I'm especially concerned about the second line, starting with ...
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Differing connotations of prepositions meaning “at” (en, de, a, etc…)

Say you have the question "Why are you at my house?" I'm not sure which preposition is appropriate here, as many of them translate to "at". "¿Por qué estás tú en/a/de/... mi casa?" (On an unrelated ...
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Verbs in parallel construction or misunderstood verb meaning?

Here is an excerpt from some text I was reading: Por un error garrafal la llamamos piña. Su verdadero nombre lo olvidamos hace más de cinco siglos en la salvaje confusión que fue las conquista de ...
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Use of 'tú' when giving examples

In English we use the 'you' form when explaining things and giving examples e.g. 'There are lots of things to see in London for example, YOU could visit the houses of parliament...etc' In Spanish is ...
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The use of “está” in the given sentence

The rice lacks salt. To my understanding I translated the above sentence into El arroz escaso de sal. However, it turned out to be incorrect as I was practicing the spanish grammar. The ...
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What would be the direct translation of “aunque” in this sentence

El escorpión de Corteza de Arizona vive en los desiertos porque sus capas de grasa lo mantienen hidratado aunque se esconde debajo de cobijos como rocas o hojarasca en pleno día. Is the direct ...
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“Cómo se dice” vs “cómo te llamas”

Why does the first sentence use "se" and the second sentence use "te"? I know that cómo roughly translates to "how" and "se"/"te" roughly mean you, so the first is roughly "how you say" and the ...
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How to translate “I practice swimming”?

In English, we say "I swim" and "I practice swimming" or "I am swimming". I want to know how to say "I practice swimming" in Spanish. ...
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Is it correct that a noun can be followed by an infinitive?

I have been learning Spanish for 2 years now, and have consistently seen that the infinitive form of the verb can only exist: * after a preposition, or * after another verb. For me this has been a ...
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Lo & Me: When to hook at the end of verb and when to keep separate

I am learning Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. I am a bit confused with when to put 'lo' at the start of a phrase and when to hook it on to the verb. For example: why can't you do it that way? ...
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Searching for a more appropriate verb phrase than “llevar a cabo”

I'm editing a Spanish translation of a consent form for work. The presented draft reads "(noun) está llevando a cabo por ..." to mean "(noun) is being conducted by...". The phrase just feels clunky to ...
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Qué debo utilizar en esta oración?

"En dos ocasiones ha sido nominado al Oscar" "En dos ocasiones fue nominado al Oscar" Para mí la segunda oración es gramaticalmente correcta porque "las dos ocasiones" han terminado ya, pero ...
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The distinction between past and present tense in the following sentence

Fuimos al resturante y comimos pasta. I was doing some exercise on past tense on Spanish language and this very first question made me confused that how this is a past tense. The application on ...
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The difference between the use of “les” and “los”

El maestro ......... lee un libro. The correct answer to the above blank is 'nos' or 'les'. But it made me confused why 'los' also not was the correct choice. As I know both mean 'them' and both ...
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What is the difference between “Como estas” and Como estás"

What is the difference between Como estas and Como estás with an accent??? Does it mean something else???
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What does “le” refer to in this sentence?

Another sample sentence I came across: Le añadiremos aceite al motor cuando lo necesite. What does the pronoun Le refer to, and is it necessary? aceite o el motor? (Or something else I'm not ...
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Difference between “al” and “a el”

What is the difference between al and a el? Al and A el are the same, right?
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The difference between the use of “es” and “está”

El pollo ......... sobre la mesa. Then the two options are es and está. I think the both are correct but duolingo app says it's está adding more to my confusion. Why es is not correct here? ...
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The translation of 'at' in Spanish

The Spanish translation of He appears at night. are given below. Is it correct both to say Él aparece en la noche. and/or Él aparece a la noche. en and a, what is the difference ...
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The use of “tu” in Spanish

As 'tu' in Spanish means both "his/her" and "your", the following sentence: Ella es tu única hermana. Can the sentence be translated both as: She is your only sister. and She is his ...
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Why subjuntivo in Cause-Effect “Hace que <sujeto> + <subjuntivo>”

Objective Understand the function of and reason to use subjunctive in cause-effect with "hace que …" Related Topics What does “hace que” mean in this sentence? Examples La profesora hace que ...
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Difference between “Que” and “cual” [duplicate]

I came to know from the duolingo application that Que means what. And is an interrogative sentence: What is the question? It translates to Spanish as ¿Cuál es la pregunta? Why not? ¿Qué es la ...
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Question on possesives

Ellas leen nuestras cartas. = They read our letters. Why in the above sentence we cannot put nuestros instead of nuestras What is the grammatical rule that makes it nuestras? ...
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“No es culpa mía (de) que …”

On spanish.about.com they explain that you would use "que" if you can replace the English "that" with "which" and it would still make sense. So, it's a pronoun. El plan que quiere es caro. (The ...
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Where else 'Se' in comerse will be used

Objective Clarify the grammar and the objective of se in comerse/beberse Clarify which other verbs can take se for the same objective Related article El uso de "comerse" ...
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Gramática de la frase «¡Apresúrense que vamos tarde!»

En un libro de frases y traducciones entre español y inglés encontré esta frase: ¡Apresúrense que vamos tarde! Y dice que significa: Hurry, we're late! Ayúdame entender por qué. ...