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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¿Se dice “me alegro que” o “me alegro de que”?

Con frecuencia me surge la duda de cuál de estas frases es correcta: Me alegro de que las cosas te estén yendo bien Me alegro que las cosas te estén yendo bien Es decir, ¿cuándo se puede ...
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Bad words in good phrases - How socially acceptable are they?

I've heard two expressions which at first I thought were kind of offensive, because of the specific words in them: Mucha mierda! de puta madre It turns out both are actually nice things to ...
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Translating “Help!” (interjection)

In English, if there is any kind of emergency or urgent assistance needed, we use the interjection, "Help!" In Spanish I've seen several: ¡Socorro! ¡Auxilio! ¡Ayuda! or ¡Ayúdame! Which of these is ...
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How would you say “I'm done with this!” as in “I had enough”

I've met this phrase several times: "¡Basta ya!" which from what I found translates to : "Enough is enough!" But is there a more individual way of saying that you are done with doing ...
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Is it true that the reflexive of “regresar” — “regresarse” — is not used in Spain?

I recently read (in what I thought was a pretty reputable grammar book) that "regresarse" is not used in Spain, but I had never heard this before. Is it true? If so, why don't Spaniards use it? Is ...
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¿Cómo traducir “bluff”?

Estoy traduciendo las reglas para un juego con frases como "don't be afraid to bluff" o "is this a bluff?" (como en poker), pero no sé si dejarlo tal cual, o usar "engaño" o "mentira". Sé que farol ...
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“Todo lo demás” o “Todos los demás”

I came across this on a programming website: Todo lo demás se ejecuta en las dos partes, cliente y servidor. Shouldn't it be: Todos los demás se ejecuta en las dos partes, cliente y servidor....
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¿Cuál es el proceso por el que una palabra debe pasar para que su uso sea aceptado?

Para explicar mejor mi pregunta, en el lenguaje oral y escrito existen ciertas palabras, como por ejemplo "haiga", que no son aceptadas por ser vulgares, en este caso, la palabra que doy como ejemplo, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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¿Es lo mismo “platicar” que “conversar” o “hablar”?

Estaba viendo ayer un vídeo de un programa de televisión de México y me fijé que usaban con frecuencia "platicar" para refererise a "hablar" o "conversar". Consulté el DRAE y vi la siguiente ...
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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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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “refrán” y “proverbio”?

Las dos palabras me parecen iguales. Tampoco podía encontrar una diferencia saliente en el diccionario. ¿Existe alguna diferencia?
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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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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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Use a scientific technique name as an adjective?

My lab performs a set of experiments that utilize a particular biological technique called ChIP-seq. I am trying to translate the following phrase: We use the data produced by the ChIP-seq ...
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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?