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

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Ser vs estar in sentences about composition

Could someone please advise which is the verb of choice in sentences that talk about what things are made of or look like? See the following example: My bathroom is covered in tiles. For the above ...
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Por vs para when discussing number of times

Which one would be the preposition of choice when discussing the number of times something happened? Examples: I saw her for the third time. She is visiting me for the first time.
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Too big for him

While translating the phrase, “too big for him,” should we use "por" or "para"? In other words, which one of the below would be correct Spanish: Esa broca es demasiada pequeña por esta pared. ...
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What does “Le tengo” mean in “Le tengo miedo al fracaso”?

The sentence means "I am afraid of failure". Why do we use Le tengo instead of Yo tengo or Tengo? Moreover, why are we using al instead of de for of?
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“Lo peor ya ha pasado” - Why is “Lo” used?

The sentence translates to The worse has already passed. Why is lo used instead of el? When am I supposed to use one over the other?
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“Ella es nuestra madre” - Why is “nuestra” feminine?

Why is nuestra feminine if we do not know the gender of the people the speaker is referring?
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Uso de “heme aquí”

Lo he visto en alguna ocasión en literatura o alguna interpretación de español antiguo, pero no es muy común, supongo que de alguna forma su uso está obsoleto. Ahora las dudas: ¿Cual verbo es el ...
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“Le lee un diario a ella” - Is the person who reads male or female?

The translator says the sentence is this in English: Le lee un diario a ella = He reads her a book. I thought it was "You read her a book" because it's unclear from the wording the gender of ...
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What is the difference between using “de” and “que” for the English word “to”?

Here are two examples where de and que are meant to translate to to in English: ¿Dónde tengo que dejar los documentos? = Where do I have to leave the documents? Es imposible de saber = It is ...
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'de' in Yo me alegro de no estudiar

Yo me alegro de no estudiar: la mejor escuela es el teatro. (Literally?!:) I am glad to not study: the best school is the theater. Why is de used in this example? Is que (that) a reasonable ...
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What is “él” for in “Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él”?

I found this sentence which makes sense except for the last word él: Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él. I am here because he has sent me. What is the él doing here? At first when I read it I ...
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What is dative ético?

In this comment, the grammatical term dativo ético is mentioned: With comer, dativo ético is often used, quite rare to use comer without it (at least in Spain). For example, instead of "Él comió ...
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What is the difference between “No puedo comer” and “No puedo como”?

I thought that you were supposed to use the conjugated version of comer when referring to the subject, but I see sentences formed like the first example. So what is the difference between both ...
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When is “se” used before a verb?

I'm confused about when "se" should be used. I thought it would always go before a like here: Ella se mejora a su coche but I see here that it is not being used. Él observa a su hija My ...
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¿Cómo se escribe “x y y” ó “x e y”?, ¿“α o ω” ó “α u ω”?

Escribiendo textos con fórmulas matemáticas a menudo te encuentras con este tipo de problemas con los símbolos matemáticos. Pongo unos cuantos ejemplos: "... donde x e y son variables reales ..." ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de “¿Cómo me le va?”?

Vivo en Colombia y con cierta frecuencia escucho la pregunta "¿Cómo me le va?" pero nadie me puede explicar por qué usa "me" en este caso. ¿Esta frase tiene aluna explicación gramatical? ¿Por qué no ...
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Is this a proper (non-awkward) translation? [closed]

Translate.com gives me this: "Mis libros son el agua, los de los grandes genios es el vino. Todo el mundo bebe agua." ...for this: “My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. ...
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¿Es una ofensa decir la palabra “caray”?

¿Qué significa la palabra "caray", es una ofensa decirle a alguien "caray"? ¡Caray! Que estas haciendo aqui?
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When should the subjunctive be used after “mientras”?

When should mientras or mientras que be followed by the subjunctive and when by the indicative? In both cases, how is mientras usually translated?
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When to use “una” and when to omit it

I recently came across this sentence: No tenemos fecha. which means "We do not have a date." The context of this may be when making an appointment with the dentist and you are saying you do not ...
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When to use “a un”

Here's a silly example: To translate I hear a cat and a horse this is what I was told was correct Oigo a un gato y a un caballo But if "a cat" or " a dog" translates to "un gato" or "un ...
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Translation: I was pushed into getting past simple pleasures of life in order to catch up with the standards of maturity [closed]

tiene dificultades con traducción, pero no soy una inglaterra y por eso la frase en inglés puede ser mal también: I was pushed into getting past simple pleasures of life in order to catch up with the ...
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Is it “Tú juegas como el” or “Tú juegas como él”? [closed]

The sentence says "You play as him" but all of the choices have the last word as el instead of él. I believe "Tú juegas como él" to be the right choice, is that correct?
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“Los otros días” o “El otro día”

Tengo un debate con mi novia. Yo dije "Los otros días, yo fui a una corrida de toros en La Arena Mexico.". No sabiendo qué dia fue. Ella dice que lo correcto es decir "El otro día, yo fui a una ...
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Clarficiation needed on “su”

If I can say Su madre busca a su hermana. to mean Your mother is looking for your sister. And "su" can also be used to mean "their", then what if I want to say "Your mother is looking ...
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What is the difference between “tuyo” and “suyo”?

I see them both being used to represent possession. For example: El gato es suyo and El gato es tuyo. Are these sentences the same? What is the difference between these words?
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“¿De qué color es la camisa?” - What is “De” for?

It looks like this sentence can be formed without the "De" so what is it for?
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When should I use 'al'?

I am trying to tell the difference between 'al' and 'a' to refer to a place. I know that you usually use a to refer to a country. But when should you use al? I am trying to teach someone the ...
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Es una ofensa para llamarle a alguien “Gabacho”?

¿Es una ofensa llamar a alguien "Gabacho" en Mexico y en otros países donde el español se habla?
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Are leading periods really a part of written Spanish?

I keep coming across passages like this in the Spanish (original) version of Don Quixote: desfiguraban, dio una gran voz, diciendo: . ¡Jesús! ¿Qué es lo que veo? Y con el sobresalto se le cayó la ...
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Como se dice “ what's the use” en castellano?

que es el uso, si tu compras una guitarra y tu no vas a tocarla? What's the use of buying a guitar if you're not going to play it ? Es la expresión " que es el uso" correcta?
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¿Por qué “vea” y no “veo”? Subjuntivo - presente

Cuando le vea mañana, le diré que la palabra "harto/a" es también usada en Mejico. Mi pregunta es por que es vea no veo? Suena raro, si el veo se usa en este contexto sin embargo la frase es en ...
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In what era was “que suave” used?

I talked to someone from México and when I was talking to him about my trip he said in reply " que suave" . I asked my mexican friends what it meant and they said it's like "cool" but they didn't ...
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Difference between “muy” and “tan”?

What's the difference between muy and tan? In what context are they used? La ciudad de Naga no esta tan lejos desde aqui. Mi hija es tan/muy(?) bonita.
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“O sea después”

Chateé con mis amigos virtuales 3 horas y o sea, 3 horas después fui de compras con mi esposa. What's another alternative for ' o sea' ?
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El uso de “ algunas cosas”

Tu has dejado algunas de tus discos compactos de los Prisoneros en tu coche. You left some of your Los Prisoneros CDs in your car. Yo solía tener muchos Cds de los Doors, pero algunos de ...
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How do you say 'mind you' in Spanish?

Ojo, este cuarto es no lugar para charlar. This room is not a place for talk. Any alternatives for it?
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What make guns dangerous [closed]

Lo que hacen las armas muy peligrosas es cuando se los niños utilizan por placer. What make guns very dangerous is when kids use them for fun.
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How do I say ' sister languages' in Spanish?

El portugues y el castellano son lenguas hermanas porque se origen del latino.
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How do i say ' i feel pain in my back'

Siento un dolor en mi espalda. Is there any alternatives?
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The difference between empezar and comenzar

What is the difference between empezar and comenzar? Is one more formal than the other?
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Why is 'estoy' used when saying “I'm related to”

I understand I'm related to David, he's my grandad. translates as Estoy relacionado con David, él es mi abuelo. Why is estoy used and not soy? It seems to me that the relationship is ...
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When to use lo and le

When to use lo and le? Someone told me that lo is used in Spain and lo is used in Latín America. Is there a rule on when to use them?
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When to use “a”

"Last week I saw my husband's aunt" translated to "La semana pasada vi a la tia de mi esposo". I always miss the little "a" when I see a sentence like this. Could someone help me summarize when it is ...
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Can I remove the first “que” in “un juego que hay que jugar”?

I saw these sentences on a pamphlet recently: La vida no es un deporte para expectadores. Es un juego que hay que jugar. This is how I'd translate the sentence into English: Life is not a ...
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Grammar/ Spelling check for daily routine [closed]

I have written a small paragraph on my daily routine in Spanish and was wondering if anyone could just check that it flows well and there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Todas las mañanas me ...
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¿“Más bueno” es incorrecto, correcto bajo ciertas circunstancias o totalmente correcto pero poco usado?

En portugués brasileño mais grande (más grande) es aparentemente un error garrafal, solo bajo ciertas circunstancias no lo es, pero nadie me da una respuesta del porque. Hasta ahora mi conclusión es ...
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¿Qué es un variante correcto de frase “Ya algunos días me (doler) la cabeza”?

Primero, pido perdón por mi español. Ya algunos días me duela la cabeza. Ya algunos días me duele la cabeza. ¿Si debemos usar el modo subjuntivo en esta oración? ¿Si la parte ya algunos días nos ...