How a word, phrase, or concept is used in the Spanish language.

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¿Cuándo usar “excusa” o “pretexto”?

Aparentemente, "excusa" y "pretexto" significan lo mismo. ¿Cuándo usar uno o el otro? Por ejemplo, comparando estas 2 frases: Buscó una excusa para no venir. Buscó un pretexto para no venir. ...
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Usage of fea and rico

I'm learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone. The lesson I am currently on has two examples that I don't completely understand. La leche está fea El pan está rico "Fea" seems to be translated ...
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What is the spanish translation for “Account” when referring to a user account on a website?

The English > Spanish translation of account on Google Translate comes up with various forms of the word cuenta. However, the Spanish > English translation of cuenta returns words relating to ...
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re-optimizar o volver a optimizar o reoptimizar

Cual es el mejor uso de "re-optimizar o volver a optimizar o reoptimizar" si tengo que poner en un texto cientifico "Esto evita desarrollar y re-optimizar ..." ¿cual de las 3 opciones queda mejor? ...
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¿Qué significa la expresión “a ojo de buen cubero”?

Una expresión común aquí en México es "a ojo de buen cubero". Ejemplo: A: ¿Cuantas personas crees que hay en esta conferencia? B: A ojo de buen cubero unas 500 personas. ¿Cúal es su ...
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Spanish words for “loop”

I was recently reading a review of a Spanish-English dictionary that picked "loop" as a good example of a word with many possible translations into Spanish. I looked around and found several ...
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¿Cómo se usa la forma femenina de tema?

He leído que la palabra tema se puede usar en la forma femenina: la tema. ¿Qué significa la tema, y cómo se usa? ¿Es común? ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el tema y la tema?
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When is “Te quiero” used to mean “I love you?”"

I can come up with three phrases to express affection: Te adoro. Te amo. Te quiero. The first two are fairly clear in intention. However, I have heard "Te quiero", which literally translates as "I ...
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¿Qué es “inventar el hilo negro”?

Una expresión muy común en México es "inventar el hilo negro". ¿Qué significa? Ejemplo: No hay que inventar el hilo negro.
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What is the difference between “ser cierto” and “ser verdad”?

The English "to be true" can be translated to Spanish as either ser cierto or ser verdad. What is the difference between the two? When would you use one instead of the other?
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A good free book to get started [closed]

I am a fluent English speaker and I wanted a good FREE PDF to get started with. Primarily, I wish to see if my interests in learning spanish will sustain before I buy an expensive book. I have picked ...
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Género de derecha/o e izquierda

¿Por qué las palabras derecha e izquierda (en oraciones como "doblar a la derecha") tienen el género femenino y no el masculino? Y ¿por qué derecho (en masculino) significa "recto," pero derecha (en ...
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Do mi and mío have different connotations?

I usually use the possessives mi and mío interchangeably. For example: Esta es la casa mía. Esta es mi casa. However, do the two have different connotations? (e.g. is one more formal ...
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Word usage : te pertenece [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is the indirect object pronoun required in sentences with an indirect object? Y solo te pertenece a ti. ¿Podemos quitar el "te"? Si no, ¿por qué?
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Con qué, a qué, lo que

Las siquientes frases equivalen a "Do you still remember what you've committed at first? " ¿Todavía recuerdas con qué te comprometiste al principio? ¿Todavía recuerdas a qué te ...
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Gramática: reflexivo

Dice que El reflexivo tiene un valor factitivo: No es el que hace directamente la acción, sino quien la ordena hacer. · Nos hicimos una casa en el pueblo. · Ayer me corté el pelo. I do not ...
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Words for on purpose, accidentally, intentionally, unintentionally, etc

English has several words or phrases to express that something was done with or without the person meaning to do it: purposefully (or on purpose) accidentally (or on accident) intentionally ...
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Comprometerse a

Según la siguiente frase: ¿Todavía recuerdas a lo que te comprometiste al principio? ¿Por qué necesita "a" aquí? ¿Es correcto que sola uso "al principio"? (Hay persona preguntó ["al ...
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Difference between “oeste” and “occidente”

What is the difference between "oeste" and "occidente"? Do they both mean the direction and the region?
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Uses of “se”: “se rompió” o “rompió”

He leído las siguientes oraciones. Mi hermano menor se rompió la mayoría de vasos. Mi hermano menor rompió la mayoría de vasos. Dice que la segunda frase es correcta. ¿Pero por qué? Su ...
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Difference between “igual” and “como”

I was listening to Carlos Varela's "Una Palabra" and noticed sometimes he uses "igual" for "like" and sometimes "como". I am knowing that "igual" is used more similarities, but what separates it from ...
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Is “performance” a common word in spanish IT terminology?

While reading a spanish-language article on some client-side topics, I was surprised to read following passage: La gente de Microsoft hizo un excelente artículo (con una gran demo incluida), donde ...
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Regional differences between escuchar and oír

In school I learned that escuchar was for the English "to listen to" and oír was "to hear." In Central America, however, I frequently heard escuchar being used for "to hear" (e.g. No te escucho ...
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Word usage: serme

I've come across the below sentence: Este año he decidido serme fiel a mi misma y no mentirme I checked the dictionary and couldn't find the word "serme". What does it mean?
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word usage: “inquietarse” and “inquieta”

Which of the following sentences is/are correct which refers to English speaking of "Are you still worried about the future"? ¿Todavía te inquietas por el futuro? ¿Todavía inquietas por el ...
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word usage: “furtivamente” and “a escondidas”

Do "furtivamente" and "a escondidas" both mean "secretly"? They are interchangeable? For example: 1. entró furtivamente en la habitación. 2. entro a escondidas en la habitación. The meanings ...
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Difference between “enterar por” and “enterar de”

Please read the following sentences: Nos enteramos por las noticias que las flores valían más caras que los años anteriores. Al comenzar este invierno me enteré de la noticia de que haría/iba a ...
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Uso de “concernidos”

Hoy he escuchado la siguiente frase: "Estamos muy concernidos por..." Es la primera vez que escucho el verbo concernir usado y conjugado de esta manera, siempre se usa como "me/nos concierne..." ...
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Correct usage of debieras and deberías

Español ¿Cuándo es correcto usar deberías o debieras? (significado y uso). English When is it correct to use deberías or debieras? (meaning and uses)
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What is the preferred way of saying “I have to go”?

English As far as I can tell there are two ways to say, "I have to go." Tengo que ir. Tengo ir. Is the second way even right? And if so, which one is the preferred way to say, "I have ...
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feliz vs. alegre vs. dichoso

I recently heard dichoso used to mean feliz. Looking up dichoso in a dictionary shows it means "happy" (or "blessed"). What is the difference between dichoso, feliz, and alegre to mean "happy"? Are ...
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Distinguishing “quiz” and “test”

In American English, a "quiz" is like a "test" or "exam," but it is typically shorter (in length and duration) and less heavily weighted. In Spanish class I learned "test" was examen and "quiz" was ...
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Best way to translate 'uneducated', meaning lacking formal schooling

Generally the Spanish word maleducado more often means rude, rather than unschooled. In light of this, how would one describe someone who is polite and intelligent, but has never been formally ...
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What's the difference between “sólo”, “únicamente” and “solamente”?

According to the RAE: solo o sólo. adv. m. Únicamente, solamente. In what situations is preferred to use one over the other? Are they interchangeable? Sólo es una pregunta ...
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What is the difference between requerir and exigir?

I believe that they both mean to "require." But do they refer to different "degrees" (urgencies) or types of requirments? Can they be used interchangeably or is one more suitable in some contexts and ...
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“Earthquake”: When to use “temblor” and “terremoto”

When referring to an earthquake, are temblor and terremoto perfect synonyms? Are there any differences?
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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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¿Me pueden ayudar a deconstruir las siguientes oraciones? Can you help me deconstruct these sentences? [closed]

Un artículo publicado en The Four Hour Work Week blog by Tim Ferriss llamado How to Learn (But Not Master) any Language in 1 Hour sugiere que la deconstrucción de un idioma es una de las cosas más ...
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Cuándo usar “usar” o “utilizar”

Español Ambos términos tienen un significado muy parecido. Según la RAE, el único uso de 'utilizar' es "Aprovecharse de algo" y el significado que me interesa de 'usar' es "Hacer servir una cosa para ...
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How to decide between “ahora” and “ya” for the sense “now”?

I know that ya has additional meanings besides simply now, such as already. But considering just the sense of ya which does mean now, when should I use it and when should I use ahora, which only has ...
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Acordar or recordar? What's the correct use? ¿Cuál es el uso correcto?

Español Comunmente escucho gente decir "¿oye, te acuerdas de esa película?", así como también escucho "¿oye, recuerdas esa película?." Siempre he creído que la acción de un recuerdo viene del verbo ...
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When to use “igual” and “lo mismo”?

English I often get corrected when using either the word igual or mismo, and haven't really figured out when to use which yet. What are the rules for when and how to use igual, and when and how to ...
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When is “al” not interchangeable with “a el”?

This is a clear case where "al" cannot be replaced with "a el": Al mirarlo, sonrió. Are there any other cases?
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Do fluent Spanish Speakers say the pronoun when speaking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the word 'yo' in a sentence where the verb conjugation already shows that I am the subject? I was wondering if fluent Spanish Speakers say the ...
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“De donde fue” instead of “De donde estaba”

In Nicaragua, addresses are usually given as directions from a landmark, for example: From the stadium, go 5 blocks south, then 3 blocks east Sometimes the landmark is a place that used to be ...
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How big are the regional differences in the Spanish spoken in different countries?

As a non-native speaker, I have no more difficulty conversing with a Mexican than a Spaniard or Venezuelan or Colombian or vice versa. I realize there are regional variations and differences in ...
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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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What is the diminutive of “pan” (meaning bread)?

Is it: pansito panesito panito panecino panecillo (Although this one has most of the time another meaning...) Why? I know short question, but seemingly difficult for me. Is there a definitive ...
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What exactly are “mis rasgos”?

Today in conversation a girl told me: tus rasgos, muy bonitos I smiled, replied with some compliment, but I had no idea what did she found nice. And even later, after secretly looking this up ...
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Is “remover” a good translation for “to remove”?

In the Internet I've often come across to internationalized websites where they have things like: Remove file / Remover archivo I always thought this translation may be done by someone who is ...