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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Use of “saber” in this context

This is usually figured out by reading, but I don't really much in Spanish. Saber means to know a fact: sé las noticias de mis abuelos. Conocer mainly means to be familiar with. Here is an ...
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Is a Wrist a Toy (muñeca)?

Both wrist and toy are "muñeca" in Spanish. Is there a connection, or just a coincidence that they are both the same?
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Uso de “preguntan” en esta oración

Un texto tiene la siguiente frase: Muchos cuestionarios preguntan por una respuesta de “Si” o “No”. Esta oración siginifica que muchos cuestionarios tiene preguntas que se puede responder con un ...
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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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“matricular” y “matricularme”

Both the captioned words mean "enroll, register". "matricular" is a transitive verb and "matricularse" is a reflexive verb. But they have no difference in meaning but just "matricular" follows a noun ...
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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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¿Qué significa “confiamos haberle ofrecido un buen servicio”?

Viajé alguna vez con Iberia y la sobrecargo dijo al final: "Gracias por viajar con Iberia. Confiamos haberle ofrecido un buen servicio" Quizá me maravilla que la traducción que después ella ...
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How to use “ambos” and “los dos”

Is there a difference between "ambos" and "los dos"? Hay alguna diferencia entre "ambos" y "los dos"? Example: Por ejemplo: "Me gustan los dos." "Me gustan ambos."
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¿Cual es el uso de “bobo” en ciertos países?

En Venezuela significa tonto o una persona que esta como distraída. He escuchado que puede significar otras cosas. Que significa en otros países? O que usos tiene?
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Diferencia entre “por eso” y “por ello”

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "por eso" y "por ello"? ¿Existen casos en el que se puede usar uno y no el otro? Ejemplo: Estaba lloviendo por eso / por ello no pude ir.
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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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Why is the word for a baby bottle's nipple the same word as that for a male's nipple?

I am reading (gradually, a page at a time here and there) a Spanish-English dictionary (Webster's). I came across what may be the strangest pair of words in the Spanish language. First, some ...
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What is the meaning of “los trapos”?

I am currently using "The Red-Hot Book of Spanish Slang and Idioms" to supplement my Spanish language learning. It says that "los trapos" (with a literal translation of rags) means clothing in slang. ...
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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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Difference between “comprender” and “entender”

What's the difference if both mean "to understand"? One source (spanish.about.com) says the comprender implies a deeper understanding than entender but that doesn't help much. Is there any thumb-rule ...
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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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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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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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Translation of cord, cable, string, line, thread, rope, etc

In English there are many words describing different kinds of long, skinny, flexible objects: cord line (as in fishing line, clothesline) cable strand lace (as in shoe lace) thread rope string wire ...
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¿El o la app? ¿Un o una app?

La recomendación de la Fundéu es no abreviar y usar «aplicación» o, si se quiere abreviar, hacerlo de una forma más ¿española? y abreviarlo como «apli». Sin embargo es «app» lo que se sigue usando en ...
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¿Por qué las furgonetas de la policía se llaman “lecheras” en España?

En España llamamos a las furgonetas de la policía "lecheras". ¿Alguien sabe por qué?
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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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The difference between “simple” and “sencilla/o”

This words confuse me. When are simple and sencilla used? They both mean "simple" but are they used in certain contexts? Tengo un casa sencilla/simple junto al río. I wonder if i can use both in ...
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Difference between “está” and “esta” or “esté” and “este”?

How do I know if I have to use the one with accent and not the one without accent? Could you provide examples?
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What is the difference between parece and pareciera?

What is the difference between parece que and pareciera que? How are both normally translated? What tenses can be used after pareciera que, and in general how is pareciera used?
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Are all sneaky weasels female?

I'm pretty sure I read "comadreja tramposa" (sneaky weasel, using the feminine gender) on Dilbert; it was being applied to the pointy-haired boss. So, assuming "comadreja" (feminine) is the name for ...
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¿Por qué decimos una canción es “de” un artista y en cambio un libro es “por” un autor?

En Inglés, decimos una canción es "by" un artista y un libro es "by" un autor. No entiendo la razón de la diferencia en Español. ¿Hay una regla para esto o es algo que sólo tengo que memorizar? ...
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Difference between “después” and “tras”

"Tras" was in one of the texts we read in Spanish class once and when I looked it up on spanishdict, it said it means "after". However, when I asked two of the Spanish teachers at my school and my ...
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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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Two forms of verb for same time (Pretérito Subjuntivo) [duplicate]

Why are the two forms of a verb for certain times and how to use them? For instance taking the word echar, for Pretérito Imperfecto Subjuntivo Activo my dicctionary gives Pretérito Imperfecto ...
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What does “le” refer to in this sentence?

Another sample sentence I came across: Le añadiremos aceite al motor cuando lo necesite. What does the pronoun Le refer to, and is it necessary? aceite o el motor? (Or something else I'm not ...
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Has Spanish really a timelike fashion to express distances? Like “A está a cinco horas de B”

While talking with somebody about traveling, he commented: "But you Spanish speakers are used to express distances in hours, right?" An Italian unknown. I was unaware of that. Let me formalize ...
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Venir vs. Venirse

I have noticed that the word venirse sometimes get used wrongly, so I was wonder what are some correct ways to use this word? I have listed a few example below which may or may not be correct. "I ...
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¿Cómo se usa el antepretérito?

En clase hemos estado repasando el tiempo pluscuamperfecto. En todos los ejemplos que vimos, usaron el imperfecto del verbo haber. Cuando pregunté a mi profesor sobre el pretérito de haber, nos dijo ...
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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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esperar: wait vs. hope vs. expect

The verb esperar (e.g. Estoy esperándolo.) can be used in at least three senses: to wait for to hope to expect In English, these all mean very different things: I'm waiting for you to ...
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¿Es “eventualmente” una traducción válida de “eventually”?

Cada vez más oigo y leo frases como: No me gustan las patatas, pero sé que eventualmente me acabarán gustando. Para mí esto es un falso amigo de la palabra eventually, que quiere decir ...
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Using “andar” for “to function”

I recently came across the usage is andar to mean to function. I attempted to use this in a Mexican context where I didn't want to eat, and attempted to say "My mouth isn't working right now" as "Ya ...
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¿“Extenderse por” o “extenderse hasta”?

Me he cruzado con esta duda mientras escribía hoy y no he podido solucionarla. Algo es capaz de extenderse hasta una semana Algo es capaz de extenderse por una semana Consultando con ...
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When to translate “at” to “a” instead of “en”

I've noticed that sometimes at can be translated to "a" instead of "en," and I think that I have a pretty good idea of when to use which, but, even after doing some diligent Googling, I can't seem to ...
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¿Uso de “joder” en la serie “Los Serrano”?

En la serie "Los Serrano" (de España) los personajes usan la palabra joder. El Traductor de google lo traduce como fuck. El Diccionario de RAE tiene muchas acepciones y no puedo entender si esta ...
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Uso de “en al frente”

Necesito una segunda opinión sobre la frase en al frente en la siguiente oración. La lección estadística empieza con los estudiantes escribiendo sus nombres en notas adhesivas y fijándolas en el ...
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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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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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Words for “to encourage”: alentar, animar, fomentar

In English, "to encourage" seems to have at least two uses: to suggest that someone should do something (e.g. "He encouraged me to find a new guitar teacher.") to give confidence or hope to someone ...
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Does pelón/pelona mean bald or hairy?

I have heard pelón (or the feminine pelona) used to both refer to someone who has no hair and someone who has a lot of hair. Is there any way of distinguishing whether pelón means bald or hairy, or is ...
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Usage of “ojalá + que” or “ojalá”

In Latin America, I hear ojalá used mostly by itself as an exclamation, but sometimes in a sentence: Ojalá + que + subjunctive verb. For example: Ojalá que yo sepa la respuesta In Spain, I hear ...
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When does the Spanish word order differ?

I get that there is a differece between a statement and a question. E.g: Juan viene. 》 ¿Viene Juan? Pero a veces es diferente. Hay una canción que se dice: "PR somos tú y yo". ¿Por qué no dice ...
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Is “Honcho” a Spanish word?

I work for a multinational company, in our office we have workers from around the world. One of them is from Costa Rica, he often calls our manager Honcho, So, my question is: Does it mean "manager" ...