About how words are ordered and arranged to form phrases and sentences.

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Unclear why to use “A vuestros hijos” instead of “vuestros hijos”

I have the following sentence in English Do your children like to read? Which translates to Spanish: ¿ A vuestros hijos les gusta leer? To me it is unclear, why I have to use "A vuestros" ...
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Uso de la palabra “matado” en artículo periodístico

Estaba leyendo el siguiente artículo periodístico: Un jurado de Nueva York exonera al policía del ‘caso Garner’. Cuando encontré la siguiente frase: ...cuando otro gran jurado absolvió al ...
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“¿Qué haciendo?” and “¿qué estás haciendo?”

What is the difference between "¿qué haciendo?" and "¿qué estás haciendo?" Do they mean 'How are you doing?' ¿Qué haciendo, loco? ¿Qué estás haciendo, loquillo?
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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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What is the correct order of object pronouns?

I know that there are (at least) three types of personal pronouns in Spanish (well, and English): direct, indirect, and reflexive. In cases where all three (or at least two) are present, what is the ...
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How do I know whether to attach a direct object pronoun to the infinitive?

I often struggle to decide what sounds right when I need to use direct object pronouns. Lessons on these pronouns have not been much help because they teach that when using a direct object pronoun it ...
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Pronombres personales y su función sintáctica

Estoy leyendo La Casa de Bernarda Alba de Federico García Lorca. Encontré una frase que no era capaz de analizar: Es capaz de sentarse encima de tu corazón y ver cómo te mueres durante un año sin ...
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“ir a «infinitive»” vs. future tense

There are two ways to indicate a future action, ir a «infinitive» and the future tense. How do I decide which to use when? Is one form more common when spoken or in writing? Is there a regional ...
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¿Cual es el orden apropiado para un substantivo con adjetivo y/o participio + “de”?

Se trata, por ejemplo, de un paciente que saldrá del hopital donde fue curado de una enfermedad. El hospital ha sido recientemente abierto, y el paciente es satisfecho. En este caso, ¿cuáles son las ...
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En esta oración ¿cuáles son las funciones sintácticas?

No tienes derecho a afearles que hayan incumplido todas sus promesas electorales Identifico "tienes" como el núcleo del predicado (el verbo principal de la oración principal) y "derecho" como ...
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En esta oración compleja ¿cuáles son las oraciones subordinadas y qué función desempeñan?

Oración compleja: ha sido en la última década cuando la importación de vocablos de ese idioma ha crecido, sobre todo entre los jóvenes. Estoy un poco inseguro de cuáles son las oraciones ...
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¿La hora de salida es …?

Ha surgido una duda en la oficina sobre la hora de salida, hay varias posibilidades: La hora de salida es a las seis. (Suena bien). La hora de salida es las seis. (Suena raro). La hora de salida son ...
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“Toma un tiempo” o “lleva un tiempo”, ¿qué suena más natural?

¿Qué suena más natural en castellano, tomar tiempo o llevar tiempo? Una actividad que toma un tiempo considerable en ser desarrollada. Una actividad que lleva un tiempo el ser desarrollada.
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“Soy yo el que vine…” or “soy yo el que vino…”?

What is often heard is "Soy yo el que vine ayer a ... " (I am the one who came yesterday to...) but I think that "Soy yo el que vino ayer a ... " is the correct sentence because the ...
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How to translate Overview and Outline?

I am writing a thesis and would like to add 2 subsections in my Introduction Overview, and Outline, what would be the best way to translate them to spanish? Estoy realizando una tesis, pero quiero ...
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Significance of adjective placement

In Spanish, adjectives typically come after the noun they modify. However, there are some cases when the adjective comes before the noun, and usually (always?) with a change in meaning. Example: ...
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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Two nouns in a row, or, is it OK to omit “de”?

Two or more nouns are sometimes used consecutively, with the second modifying the first. For instance, I recently received a mail whose subject was "Honorarios migración." This is, I suppose, ...
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When should I use the word 'yo' in a sentence where the verb conjugation already shows that I am the subject?

Early on while I was learning Spanish, my teachers would always make us use the pronoun 'yo' even if it was redundant: Yo pienso que... Yo quiero... Yo hablo... etc. However, a more ...
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Indirect object and “le”

La madre le lava la cara a la niña. In that sentence, why is the word "le" there? The sentence already has a indirect object ("a la niña"), but removing the "le" makes the sentence to sound ...
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What's the difference between “debe de” y “debe”?

Is there any difference? What's their usage? When should one be used instead of the other one? Examples: El niño debe de hacer su tarea. El niño debe hacer su tarea.
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“Te va (a) encantar” - is “a” necessary?

Is the "a" necessary when using "ir a" to convey future meaning? Google gives 17m results for "te va a encantar" but also 1.5m for "te va encantar". Does this rule vary according to formality?
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What is an expression in parentheses in the middle of a phrase called?

While I was reading the newspaper today I stumbled against something that is quite common and a bit obscure in writing in spanish. It comes from this opinion column. (The opinion and debate exposed ...
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Tanto X como Y - ¿importa el orden?

Estoy traduciendo una frase de inglés: Instructions are available in both English and Spanish. La estructura que me parece más natural para este uso de both es tanto ... como ...: Las ...
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“Habría” or “Hubiera”

Given the following sentence: Si lo hubieran anotado, después no les hubiera (habría) costado tanto recordarlo. we see that the first use of hubieran is well used, but the second one is ...