De qué manera una palabra, frase o concepto es usado en el idioma español. How a word, phrase, or concept is used in the Spanish language.

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Uso de artículos con abreviaturas como DVD, CD o nombres de organizaciones

Esta pregunta viene de un comentario que @fedorqui dejó aquí acerca del uso del artículo con la palabra DVD. Como el español no es mi primer idioma, para mí no hay mucha diferencia entre la DVD o el ...
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Are “caminar” and “andar” interchangeable?

Today, as I was expanding my vocabulary, I've come across the verb "andar". I looked it up and I noticed that it has several meanings. One is "to walk". I thought of "caminar". Can "caminar" and ...
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Cuál es el significado de la palabra “hay” en “qué hay sobre”

Era en un tebeo que estoy leyendo. Adición: el contexto: Una persona regresa con comida por solo una otra, y un otro personaje dice "¡¿Qué hay sobre la comida que nosotros queríamos comer?!"
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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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Cuando vs donde

Cómo se dice? Nos vemos el próximo lunes DONDE tendremos una interesante entrevista con la directora de educación. o Nos vemos el próximo lunes CUANDO tendremos una interesante entrevista ...
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¿Cómo se dice “play” en el contexto de música o un DVD?

En inglés usamos la palabra "play" para significar la acción de ver una película o de escuchar música. La usamos así: Can you play the movie? What song is playing? Pregunté un amigo latino ...
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What is the difference between “claro” and “claro que sí”?

Cual es la diferencia entre "claro" y "claro que sí"? Are they like "yeah" and "yes, indeed!" or "sure" and "you bet!"? - IOW, is the longer one more emphatic, or are they simply synonymous? Is any ...
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“Sockpuppet” en castellano

Estaba leyendo la noticia Wikipedia expulsa a cientos de editores por cobrar a empresas cuando me encontré con el fragmento: (...) Es habitual que los editores detecten y eliminen artículos que ...
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Usage of the word acullá

WordReference translates acullá as "yonder." Is this a word that was only used in the past, or is it still used in modern Spanish today? If so, what regions does it appear in and how is it used?
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Usage of “oso” to express embarrassment

I have heard the expression: ¡Que oso! It is used to express embarrassment by a former acquaintance from Colombia, but I have never met another Spanish speaker who uses this expression. My ...
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Si británico se refiere a lo natural del Reino Unido, ¿cuál es el gentilicio para lo estrictamente de Gran Bretaña?

Dice la RAE.es: británico, ca. (Del lat. Britannĭcus). adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la antigua Britania, sur de la Gran Bretaña. adj. Natural del Reino Unido de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda ...
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Matemáticas o Matemática

If I am trying to say: Mathematics is a very interesting subject Which of these would be: Matemáticas son muy interesantes Matemáticas es muy interesante Matemática es muy ...
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Am I the only who thinks “longitud” is a weird word for “length”?

I read this: Si todo va bien, el array debe estar vacío y su longitud debe ser 0. ...which is translated as this: If all goes well, the array must be empty and its length must be 0. Since ...
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¿Cómo traducir la expresión idiomática inglesa “as is”?

Me gusta mucho la frase idiomática inglesa "as is": as is in the state that something is in at the present time: Will you wait till it's finished or take it home as is? Aparece con ...
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Complemento vs. Suplemento

Is there any difference between the word "complemento" and "suplemento"? Do they really have the exact same meaning?. RAE (Real Academia Española) defines both as: Cosa o accidente que se añade a ...
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Que significa la frase: “me mama´s morra”?

Me gustarías saber que significa la frase: me mama´s morra/ me mamas morra Es algo feo o es una expresión en sentido positivo? Creo que este tipo de frases se usa solo en America ...
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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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¿Puede “hopefully” traducirse como “ojalá”?

Buscando la traducción de "hopefully" en WordReference veo que se menciona con suerte con optimismo Sin embargo, me pregunto: ¿podría también traducirse como "ojalá"? Según la RAE, esta es su ...
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Do Browsers have eyelashes?

I'm reading this: De todas formas, es importante apuntar que el objeto de Session no es compartido entre distintos usuarios, ni siquiera entre distintas pestañas del navegador ... and, in my ...
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Uso de ándale y ándele

Hay una diferencia entre esas expresiones? Según un diccionario, ambas quieren decir "hurry up!" y son principalmente mexicanas, pero la primera puede significa otras cosas? o no? Estoy un poco ...
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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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¿Cuándo se usa “hacer estragos”?

Leo lo siguiente en un artículo de Josep Ramoneda: Durante las dos décadas anteriores a la crisis de 2008, la creencia en que no había límites, en que todo era posible, hizo estragos y coronó ...
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What is apercibido?

Today I looked for the word desapercibido in the RAE and found the following: desapercibido, da. adj. No apercibido. Now, I know what desapercibido means, but then I was curious about ...
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The correct translation for “ Casa de los Perros”

What is the correct way to say "Casa de los Perros"" 1 .- House of Dogs 2 .- House of the Dogs. Here is a link to the page with a photo of Casa de los Perros
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Which bag is preferred in which situations?

"The bag" can be either "el bolso" or "la bolsa" - is one preferred, or more common, than the other? Is it that one is used in some circumstances, and the other in others?
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What does “malditas ganas” mean?

There is a popular song now entitled "Malditas Ganas" According to google translate, this is "damn win" That can't be quite right. What is the singer really trying to convey with that?
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How widespread is the use of “hais” instead of the correct “habeis”

After living in Andalucia, Spain, for a number of years I realised my use of "hais" for the second person informal plural (vosotros) of haber instead of "habeis" is incorrect. I don't know where I ...
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How should “Advertencia” be translated as a section appearing at the start of a book?

I am reading "Los Indios" by Antonio Batres Jáuregui; the book begins with a section marked "ADVERTENCIA" A translation of this word appears to be "Warning" or "Caveat", but I reckon there's probably ...
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Is “versus” a Spanish word?

RAE says no, wordreference says yes. Is it used or understood by the Spanish speakers?
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Sobre el uso de la coma opcional [duplicate]

Es frecuente encontrar oraciones de este tipo: al final del día( ) Juan se despide de su mamá con un beso ( ) en la mejilla. En el primer paréntesis, usualmente no se usa la coma, pero es obvio que ...
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Why is “Dawn” translated “Mediodía”?

Me parece que "mediodía" significa "noon" y "dawn" debe ser "amanecer," pero: In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat / Los Desterrados de Poker Flat" (por Bret Harte) the original English has this: ...
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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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Significado de la palabra “ora” [duplicate]

Cuando leo, a veces, encuentro la palabra "ora". No es difícil inferir que esta palabra se usa como "ahora". ¿Por qué se usa esta palabra? O, mejor dicho, ¿cuándo es apropiado o no usar esta palabra? ...
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“Que tan?” slang for “How are you?”

I'm english and I'm starting to learn Spanish on my own. My boss is fluent in Spanish and she sometimes says to me in the morning, Buenas días, que tan? Or something similar along those lines. She ...
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Differences betwen “ahí”, “allí”, y “allá”

I am confused with the uses of "ahí", "allí" and "allá". It seems they are used according to different situations. Could you please tell me what are the differences and provide some examples? Thanks!
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Translation for the adjective “haunting” (as in “a haunting melody”)

What is the best Spanish translation for the English adjective "haunting" (as in "a haunting melody")? WordReference gives three options: evocador, inquietante and inolvidable. Do any of these really ...
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Translation of “to be fluent (in a language)”

The literal translation of "to speak a language fluently" would be hablar un idioma con fluidez, but I have heard that means that you speak the language fluidly and smoothly rather than that you have ...
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What word could I be hearing here?

I've been listening to some Spanish audio files which, at the end of each chapter, go back over the chapter in a form of summary. The reader always says something that sounds like, "Vijemonos" (Bvee ...
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Does saying “Hola Hola” imply impatience?

On the radio this morning, where free legal advice was being given to callers, a caller was perhaps being viewed as overly polite by saying hi and good morning to the host and co-hosts, and the host ...
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Un tesoro es un tesoro?

According to my Spanish/English dictionary, "tesoro" is both the word for "treasure" (I knew that) and "thesaurus" (I didn't know that). So how would you say, "A thesaurus is a treasure"? If you said ...
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¿Se debe decir jefe o jefa al referirse a una persona de sexo femenino?

Mi jefe en el trabajo es una mujer. ¿Cómo es la forma correcta de referirse a un jefe que es mujer? ¿jefe o jefa? Algunos compañeros de trabajo le dicen jefa, yo le digo por su nombre sin embargo ...
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What are the differences between “tener” and “haber”?

Both verbs tener and haber both are translated as to have. What are the rules that distinguish their uses of one verb over the other?
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Why does “every eight days” mean once a week?

Mi amigo Bert, who grew up in Mexico, told me last night that he's never understood why the expression "cada ocho dias" (every 8 days) means once a week. My theory is that if you "count both ends" ...
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What's the function of “lo” in “lo que”?

Examples: Lo que pasa es que el niño no fue a la escuela porque se fracturo el tobillo. Lo que quiere es una computadora para hacer sus tareas. Lo que dice es mentira. Lo que no ...
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Use of comma between subject and verb

In William Strunk's Elements of Style, it is recommended that commas shouldn't be used after coordinating conjunctions that are followed by parenthetical elements: The Red Sox were leading the ...
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¿Hay diferencia entre “caldo” y “sopa”?

Se me hace que refieren a la misma cosa, pero algunos me dicen que son distintas. Formalmente, ¿hay alguna diferencia? ¿O depende de la región?
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Use of units of measurement

Entre 50 y 60 ml or Entre 50 ml y 60 ml? I have seen the former more than the latter in written and spoken Spanish, but I wanted to be sure. Couldn't find anything on the Diccionario panhispánico ...
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Why is “of” sometimes “de” and sometimes “del” or “de la”?

Why is "House of Fruit" (or "Fruithouse") - a restaurant/business near Hollister, California - called "Casa de Fruta"? Why is it not "Casa de la Fruta"? Is there a rule of thumb so that one can know ...
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What is the difference between «pensar en» and just «pensar»?

I feel like I should know the answer to this by now, and/or that it should have been asked here, but I can't find it. I was recently looking at some example sentences (I think linked from another ...
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Gracia vs. Gracia why?

Tendría gracia que un payaso estuviera perdido en una iglesia. Danzó con la gracia de un cisne. Why does gracia have such opposing meanings? Is there a historical context? Maybe because of ...