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Use of 'desdecirse'

I was reading an article that included the term: decdecirse y que no termine de comprometer ni de obligar a desdecirse a ninguno de los dos. I am having trouble understanding how the term is ...
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Use of “lo suficientemente” + adjective

From this text: ¿Son esas diferencias lo suficientemente grandes para descartar la variación debido al azar como una posible explicacíon para la diferencia observada? What is the purpose of "lo" ...
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Is “cantidad de oscuridad” correct?

In English, we say "degree of darkness." In a document, I stumbled on the phrase "cantidad de oscuridad," which means the "amount of darkness." This becomes really awkward in English. Is this phrase ...
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Using “datos” to refer to specific points

Hay tres datos extremos (uno en 20mm y dos en 21mm) en la tabla The "datos" in the above sentence refers to are extreme data values. However, doesn't "datos" refer to a group of data points? If we ...
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What does “junta” mean in the following sentence?

I know "junta" in Spanish means meeting. However, what does "junta" mean in the following sentence? Is it correctly used? This from a document I am translating into English. It may contain mistakes. ...
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Difference between “alentar” and “animar”

"Alentar" and "animar" can both be used to mean "encourage." Are there situations when one is more appropriate over the other? EDIT I've seen this question, but it does not explain satisfactorily the ...
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¿Que significan esas palabras en el español de Colombia?

Me quedé asombrado al leer el libro Buscando dentro del Caos escrito por César Pellicer, particularmente desde sus frases abundantes en palabras totalmente misteriosas para mí. Por ejemplo: ...
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What does “apañao” mean?

¿Qué significa "apañao"? Aparentemente se usa exclusivamente en la región de Andalucía. Estaba hablando con alguien y dijo esa palabra pero no la pudo traducir. ¿Alguien sabe su significado y uso? ...
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Difference between “el comer” and “comer” when used as noun

What is the difference between, for example, "el comer" and just "comer" when used as a noun? The case I'm thinking of would use a gerund in English. For example, El comer chuches antes de cenar ...
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Standalone Gerunds in Phrases

In English, gerunds can stand by themselves in phrases: Generalizing From Samples Generalizing From Experiments I have seen standalone gerunds used as newspaper article titles. In Spanish, the use ...
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Marmot vs Groundhog

In English, the groundhog and the marmot are not the same thing, the groundhog being a subcategory of marmot or distinct altogether, but in spanish there is but one word for the both: "marmota". How ...
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Significados de “ay ay” en México

¿Cuáles son los significados de "ay ay" en México?, por ejemplo: A: Me compré un carro nuevo, mira. B: Ay (sí), ay (sí). Para este caso, generalmente usan esta imagen en las redes sociales: ...
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Translation of “to wind (a rope, hose, string, cord, etc.)”

The other questions about "wind" got me thinking about it's normal verb use. To "wind" something is to wrap it in circles, either around an object or simply making a coil. For this use, it looks like ...
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Usage of pero vs sino

I am new to Spanish and was wondering when I need to use 'pero' in a sentence vs 'sino'. I have seen both these words used in sentences and I am confused on when to use which.
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¿Cuándo se utiliza 'creía' en el mismo sentido como 'supongo'?

Mi amigo de España me escribió la siguiente frase: El código, con el que haces las prácticas, es tan fácil de leer que de escribir. Creía que despues de pasar el exámen para entrar en el trabajo ...
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Word usage: “estar inquieto” y “estar preocupado”

Is there any difference between "estar inquieto" y "estar preocupado"? Are they referring to different degrees of worry? Update: (Could you please verify the differences in meaning between the ...
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What is the difference between “congestión del tráfico” and “congestión de tráfico”?

What is the difference between these? congestión del tráfico. congestión de tráfico. Thank you in advance!
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Exact meaning of “natural de” in a curriculum vitae?

In a Spanish-language curriculum vitae, I came across the item Natural de:, which I don't understand. It is in the "Personal Data" section (Datos personales).
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Can “desprenderse” be used to imply the English phrase “to give off”?

English: He "gives off" a strange vibe. Español: Él se "desprende" extraño.
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Use of “Veni”? Is it a real word?

I was teaching a high school Spanish class, and a student (who was raised in Texas, but has Mexican relatives) told me that he has heard "veni" instead of "viene". I'd like to know if this is ...
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Speakers' location in determining venir vs. ir

In English, we use the word "come" very loosely (at least in day-to-day spoken English): Want to come over to my place later? Can I come over to your house for New Years'? Can you come meet me at ...
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Paisaje de siempre

I read a line the other day in Almudi.org that said Mi paisaje de siempre visto desde otra perspectiva the latter part means 'seen from another perspective'. I can't quite figure out what could ...
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Palabra correcta para describir la “acción de solicitar”

¿Cuál es la palabra correcta para describir la "acción de solicitar", según la RAE? ¿"Solicitación"?
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Why is “missing” added to waiting in Spanish?

In Perú we say "me falta esperar 10 minutos", in United States we do not say "I am missing waiting 10 minutes". Why is "falta/missing" added in Peruvian Spanish? Or conversely, why in American English ...
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What is the difference between “personas” and “gente”?

I was translating a sentence for school en Español and I came across the word "people." I looked it up on Google Translate and it gave me "personas" and also "gente." What is the difference between ...
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Why do you use “al” before a verb?

I understand that al is a combination of a + el when used before a noun, however in what situations would you use it in front of a verb, for instance 'Al llegar al tercer semaforo...'
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congratulations: felicidades vs. felicitaciones

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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El uso de “comerse”

Qué diferencias hay entre las oraciones siguientes : Así que empezaron a comerse las paredes de la casa. Así que empezaron a comer las paredes de la casa.
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'Controlar' en lenguaje formal

En el Metro de Madrid, así como en otros lugares en España, aconsejan al usuario por megafonía que "Controle sus pertenencias en todo momento, por su seguridad." Me da la impresión de que Controlar, ...
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Significado de “presente” en una carta. ¿Se escribe dos puntos después del destinatario?

Por ejemplo, suelo encontrar los encabezados de las cartas como sigue: Cierta ciudad, Cierto país, ...
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How to use “A golpe de silbato”?

A golpe de silbato. literally means blow a whistle. However, it is used to describe fast actions and/or decisions. Could someone explain more about it and when/how to use it correctly? ...
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Me gustaría / quisiera / querría

I usually use "me gustaría" when asking for something or expressing myself towards something I would like to do. How about "quisiera" and "querría" can both be used the same way and what are the ...
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¿Qué significa “jalar” en México?

¿Cuál es el significado de "jalar" para cada uno de estos ejemplos? A pesar de que esta televisión la compré apenas el año pasado, ya no jala. Ya no estés de ocioso, ¡ponte a jalar! ...
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Usage of “oso” to express embarrassment

I have heard the idiom ¡Que oso! ...used to express embarrassment by a former acquaintance from Colombia but have never met another Spanish speaker who uses this expression. My questions: ...
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Can Spanish distinguish between “lonely” and “alone”?

I learned that solo in Spanish means both "alone" (the simple fact of not having anyone else around) and "lonely" (feeling sad because of being alone). Is there any way of distinguishing between these ...
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Definition of escuela and colegio

Spanish has two generic words for school: escuela and colegio. I have heard different explanations for what phases of schooling each word refers to. For example, I've been told that colegio refers ...
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challenge: desafío vs. reto

The English word "challenge" can be translated to Spanish as desafío (desafiar) or reto (retar). Is there any difference between these words, or are they exact synonyms? If there is a difference, when ...
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What's the difference between “estar ansioso de” and “estar ansioso por”?

I know that both 'estar ansioso de' and 'estar ansioso por' mean to be excited for something or looking forward to it, but how do I decide which one to use? Do the two have slightly different ...
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Age range of niño, chico, muchacho, joven, etc

Spanish has several words for referring to children: niño/niña chico/chica muchacho/muchacha joven Some dialects add others like chavo or chavalo. What are the approximate age ranges these words ...
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“Maje” (or “mae”) in Nicaraguan Spanish

What does the word "maje" (pronounced "mae") mean in Nicaraguan Spanish? Could the word be considered offensive, and, if so, in what contexts is it appropriate to use?
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What is the difference between “ser casado” and “estar casado”?

I have read that both ser and estar can be used with casado to give different connotations to the phrase "to be married." What exactly are the differences, and when would you use each verb?
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añorar vs extrañar

I was wondering if there were any difference between these two verbs, especially in their usual respective contexts. Bonus point for pointing out differences between Argentina and Spain as well (if ...
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¿Desuscripción? ¿Desuscribir?

En cualquier website en inglés frecuentemente podemos encontrar un botón o enlace "unsuscribe", para dar de baja una suscripción. ¿Cómo traducir esto en español en una sola palabra? Existen ...
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How do you say “I got you!” in spanish

If I threw a snowball (or dodgeball) at someone and it hit them, how would I say "I got you!" in spanish?
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¿Cuándo se le pone tilde a más? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “mas” and “más” The question is quite simple. When does mas have an accent? Mas can mean more but it has other meanings as well. Can someone ...
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“Haber de” y futuridad

La entrada de "haber" en lo "Diccionario panhispánico de dudas" incluye este trozo: a) haber de + infinitivo. En el español general, esta perífrasis denota obligación, conveniencia o necesidad ...
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Spanish words for couple, few, handful, several, etc

In English, there are various words to express a small quality of something: a couple (two of something) a few (a small number, maybe around 3-5) a handful (another vague expression for a small ...