Determining the best possible word to express a concept among several choices.

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Voy vs. Vengo, both correct?

So I have a doubt. I was talking with a cousin and I said: Entonces de pronto vengo en enero. And he said, isn't it voy ? I thought about it and I think that both are correct. Am I wrong?
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Invitacion forzosa

¿Cómo se le llama a una invitación cuando es obligatoria? O sea, mi jefe me envió una invitación a la fiesta de fin de año, pero luego manda un correo donde dice que la asistencia es obligatoria.
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Buen fin de semana

Today I came across a Facebook post about weekend titled "Buen Fin". I know "happy weekend" translates as "buen fin de semana" and I reckon buen fin to be just an abbreviation. What I want to know ...
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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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Antiquated uses of haber

Today, someone told me that haber can be used to indicate possession, apparently because in early Spanish haber was used to mean tener. They gave the specific example of: Hemos un bocadillo (We have ...
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I want to buy a medicine

Today (during a spanish lesson I was doing on my computer) I was presented with: Quiero comprar una medicina And its translation as I want to buy a medicine The english translation is ...
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Why is “ser” and not “estar” used for expressing the current time? [duplicate]

As an example, if I wanted to say "it's 5:00," I would say Son las cinco. Why is this not the following? Están las cinco. As far as I know, ser is used for permanent / inherent qualities, ...
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Should I use SER or ESTAR to talk about when an event takes place?

I'm trying to say that recurring events are on certain days. Since its an event, should it be a phrase with ser? Or since the events fall on certain days, do I use estar?
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What is the best translation for “Slice” as in “I ate two slices of cake.”

What is the best way to say "I ate two slices of cake."? What should be used for slice? Pedazo, trozo, rebanada, parte...
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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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How to translate different English meanings of “work”

I've been struggling lately in translating the English concept of work. I am familiar with trabajar but I was told only to use that to describe a physical action. Like so: The man is working. -- ...
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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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¿Por qué se usa la forma “tú” en publicidades en vez de “usted”?

Muchas veces he encontrado publicidades que usan la forma tú como lo siguiente: Yo pienso que que estaría mejor usar la forma usted, porque es mas formal y profesional (en mi opinión). ¿Quizás no ...
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“Tener tiempo” vs “Llevar tiempo”

Yo aprendí (en México) decir "Tener tiempo." Ejemplos: Tengo mucho tiempo sin ir al cine. ¿Cuanto tiempo tienes sin ir al cine? (a menudo abreviado: ¿Cuanto tienes sin ir al cine?) ...
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“Haber” vs “A ver”

Tengo una pregunta que aun mis amigos que hablan español como nativos no saben con seguridad. Es común decir "A ver," por ejemplo, hoy me dijo una amiga: A ver si la ves. Creo es una forma de A ...
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Metaetiqueta, Meta etiqueta o meta-etiqueta?

La tercera casi seguro que no. Pero la primera y la segunda? Cuál es la correcta? Por un lado, Google usa "metaetiqueta" en sus páginas de ayuda. Ejemplo: ...
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What is the correct way to refer to students in high school and lower?

In English, whether a person is studying in kindergarten or college, they are typically simply referred to as a student. Although we can say a phrase like "grade school student" or "college student" ...
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What words are typically used to refer to vehicles and deliniate between types of vehicles in Latin America [closed]

In the US we typically refer to our vehicles as cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and sometimes wagons (station wagons). How are vehicles typical refereed to in Latin America in every day speech.
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Which Spanish words are most commonly used to describe smells? [closed]

I would like to know how to name different smells in Spanish. In English, for example, we have adjectives like smelly, fishy, sweet, disgusting, stinky, rotten,etc (actually mainly for bad smells). ...
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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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“la frase francesa” or “la frase en francés”?

In English, when referring to a sentence written in French, I could say "the French sentence" or "the sentence in French". English is not my first language, but I think those two variants can be used ...
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What are ways to say “blue” in Spanish?

The "standard" word I was taught is azul. But the nearest English equivalent is azure, which means light (sky) blue. In English, a reference to "dark" blue might be "navy blue." I believe that there ...
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What is the difference between frijoles and habichuelas?

My understanding is that they both refer to "beans." But there are several types of beans. For instance, there are round, "starchy" kidney type beans. And there are long, stringy "green" beans. Could ...
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What's the difference between “fideos” and “tallarines”?

I know that they both refer to noodles, but would they be different kinds of noodles? For instance, one might be long and thin, while the other might be flat and wide?
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Por y Para for Recipients

I've heard por and para both being used to indicate recipients: Mi amor es por ti Este regalo es para ti In what situations regarding recipients are por and para usually used?
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All is Well - Todo esta bien

Which is correct? English - All is Well Espanol - Todo es bien / Todo está bien I am confused with es and está. still I don't get a clear view. I referred this too. Please help to understand. ...
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Ways of saying “The count can not be smaller than..”

What is the proper way of saying "The count of "something" can not be smaller than.." "la cantidad de "something" no puede ser más pequeña que.." or is it " el recuento de "something" no puede ser ...
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Why do we say “Qué hora es” instead of “Qué hora está”?

I was taught that está is used in certain contexts meaning a temporary state (like emotion). Isn't "today" always temporary in that it is constantly changing to the next day? If so, why don't we use ...
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What is a good translation for the “overview” other than “síntesis”?

I am looking for a good translation that doesn't sound too technical. I read the definition of "síntesis" and found the word "compendio" which has a definition which seems to match "overview" well, ...
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How do you say “coming” in Spanish?

What word/phrase can one use to indicate to someone that you are en route to a meeting point/destination and will arrive within a few minutes? In english, I usually use coming For example: earlier ...
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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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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 ...
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gustar: “I like the cat” vs “The cat likes me”

I put this in the google translate page: the cat likes me i like the cat I get back the translation: el gato me gusta me gusta el gato which doesn't look right at all, and sure enough it gets ...
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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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How do you say “muscle fever” in Spanish?

I've heard only "envaramiento", so people say in Spanish Estoy envarado por haber nadado ayer. Wikipedia says it's said agujetas, which I've never heard. Is there another non-medical term for ...
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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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Alternativas menos negativas a “desafortunadamente”

Estoy escribiendo un correo orientado a negocios. Quiero decir "Desafortunadamente, blah blah blah, porque bleh bleh bleh", con el objetivo de dar a conocer un hecho que no es beneficioso para la otra ...
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Translating a prayer [closed]

I want to translate the following prayer from English: "Dear Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit be with all of us, guide us in our studies and give us perseverance, help us to have patience with ...
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What's the difference between “guardar” and “mantener”?

What's the difference between "guardar" and "mantener"? The English I want to translate is "Help us to keep a good sense of humor." The verb to translate is "keep".
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What is the difference between “guiar” and “dirigir”? [closed]

What is the difference between "guiar" and "dirigir"? The translation from the English that I want is "guide us in our studies." Should I use guiar or dirigir?
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Duda sobre “escuálido” en el pronunciamiento de un Ministro

Viendo este pronunciamiento del Ministro de Educación de Venezuela http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKW8nloZAqQ en el 00:18 el dice estas palabras no es que vamos a sacar la gente de la pobreza, ...
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¿Cuál es la relación entre el vino de manzanilla y la infusión de manzanilla?

Siempre me he preguntado por la razón por la que estos dos términos parecen coincidir, hasta el punto de que "Me he tomado un vaso de manzanilla" resulta completamente ambiguo.
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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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“¿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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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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Are the phrases “jarabe para la tos” or “antibióticos” colloquially used to mean other types of medicine?

My spanish textbook says that if you have a fever, you should take "jarabe para la tos". It also recommends "antibióticos" as a remedy for "la gripe". The glossary translates these phrases as "cough ...
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Si quiero mantener un juicio neutro, ¿debo usar “los que somos hábiles” o “los que son hábiles”?

Esta duda surge de la conjugación diferente de la primera y tercera personas del plural en español, la cual no está presente algunos idiomas. Supóngase que estoy hablando con una persona de confianza ...