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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“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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“Quiero comprarlo” vs “Lo quiero comprar”

Wile studying grammar, I learned that the object pronoun could go in either of the places when the verb is being used as an infinitive. So, for "I want to buy it," both of these sentences would be ...
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¿Qué significa la abreviatura “VoBo”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la abreviatura "VoBo"? ¿en qué casos se puede utilizar?
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¿Cómo se dice “flyer” en castellano?

Si vas por la calle de una gran ciudad, normalmente de noche, siempre encuentras a algún joven que te da unas cartulinas pequeñas con información de discotecas, bares, etc. donde pasar un rato. A ...
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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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¿Qué significa 'Víveme'?

Me refiero a la letra de la canción de Laura Pausini, Víveme: Víveme sin miedo ahora, que sea una vida o una hora Entiendo perfectamente la palabra Vivir, pero me confundo con la frase víveme. ...
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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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Describing the common cold or flu in Spanish

In English, when talking about common viruses people often get, there are generally two categories: a cold is generally more mild and can come with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc. ...
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Ways to express “to get ready” or “to get dressed”

What verbs in Spanish are used to express the concept of "getting ready" or "getting dressed" (for example, before leaving the house to go out to dinner)? I've seen alistarse, arreglarse, prepararse, ...
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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 something ...
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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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What do you call this play on words?

Last night I was watching T.V. and there was a TV commercial about a show named Stand Parados I know Stand in Spanish could mean "Parado/a/os/as" as a noun eg: They are stand could mean: ...
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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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Does the word “muestrear” exist?

Tengo la siguiente oración: No hay población real de medidas que puedan ser muestreadas. La versión traducida debe ser: There is no actual population of measurements that can be sampled. ...
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¿Qué significa “es sorprendentemente genuino” en esta oración?

¿Tiene sentido la frase es sorprendentement genuino en la siguiente oración? La encontré en un texto sobre la educación estadísdica. No puedo enterderla en este contexto. ¿Puede darme esta oración ...
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What is the difference between “de corto plazo” and “a corto plazo”?

What is the difference between de corto plazo and a corto plazo (or de largo plazo and a largo plazo), meaning short-term and long-term? In what contexts can each be used?
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Using “qué” or “quién” when talking about people

Imagine for a moment you know who stole your car (some thiefs for example): Sabemos qué personas lo hicieron. The above sentence is the same as saying: Sabemos quiénes lo hicieron. (Persons ...
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Is “Vale actualmente” proper when comparing currencies?

Is it proper to use Vale actualmente... when comparing two exchange rates? For instance, 1 USD Vale actualmente 0.89 EUR with a meaning roughly equal to "Is worth"? Or is there a better ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia en el significado del presente y pretérito perfecto simple del subjuntivo en combinación con el futuro?

Considere estas dos frases: Aunque no estudie, haré el examen. Aunque no haya estudiado, haré el examen. Mi primera lengua es el inglés, pero ya sé mucho español, aunque todavía me falta ...
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Why is “Tierra” capitalized but “cielos” is not?

In Chapter 3 of the book Aprendamos del Gran Maestro I came across this sentence fragment: "Dios es el Creador de todo: el hizo los cielos y la Tierra, ..." Why is "earth" ("Tierra") capitalized ...
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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 “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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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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Break: romper vs. quebrar vs. quebrantar vs. partir

Off the top of my head, I can think of four Spanish translations for the English verb "to break": romper quebrar quebrantar partir In what cases can each be used, and what are the differences ...
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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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¿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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Analogous-sounding spanish words from english to avoid using? [closed]

There was once an incident as a kid where I was acting foolish somehow at the dinner table talking with my brother, who maybe didn't care that much anyways as to what I was doing. My grandfather, ...
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Usage of sí vs sí mismo

It seems to me that the words "sí" and "sí mismo" both refer to the subject of a verb (reflexively), but I don't know when to use one or the other. Me parece que las palabras "sí" y "sí mismo" se ...
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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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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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Does Hagrid randomly switch between “tú” and “usted” forms?

I'm reading the first Harry Potter book in Spanish and have noticed that Hagrid addresses Vernon Dursley in tú form: —¡Le exijo que se vaya enseguida, señor! —dijo—. ¡Esto es allanamiento de ...
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What does “pesas un huevo” mean?

I am trying to figure out what pesas un huevo means. I know that huevos sometimes translates to testicles, so is this sexual/vulgar?
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Does the word “inquisitivo” have a negative connotation?

RAE defines "inquisitivo" as: inquisitivo, va. (Del lat. inquisitīvus). adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la indagación o averiguación. adj. ant. Que inquiere y averigua con cuidado y ...
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“Antojarse” vs “tener ganas de”

I always knew that tengo ganas de is the way you translate "feels like" into Spanish. For example: Tengo ganas de ir al cine I feel like going to the movies But today, I came across the ...
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Difference between “cariciar” and “acariciar”

Both words mean "to caress" or "to fondle" according to the dictionaries. Is it really so? Are the exactly the same thing? If not, in what way does adding that "a" change the meaning? My question also ...
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Difference and usage on “teléfono” and “telefónica”

Es "número de teléfono" pero "tarjeta telefónica". ¿Cómo puedo decidir qué forma es (más) correcta? It's "Número de teléfono", but "Tarjeta telefónica". How can I tell which word is more ...
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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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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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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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justicia: justice and righteousness?

In the Spanish Bible, I believe the English "justice" and "righteousness" are both translated as justicia. Is justicia the only word that can translate both of these terms? Is there any way to know ...
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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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diferente vs. otro/otra

I'm a bit confused about the differences in use of diferente and otro/otra. For example, I want to say "I'm a programmer like Javier, but I work for a different company." Would that be Soy un ...
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Que significa “es posible bien sea”

¿Qué significa la frase es posible bien sea en la siguiente oración? Fue traduccida de inglés y opino que es una mala traducción. De estos datos, es posible bien sea probar la hipótesis que estar ...
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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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Word usage: “caminamos” VS “caminábamos”

Please read the below sentence which is in the past tense. Can I replace "caminamos" to "caminábamos" to describe a continued action? Así que caminamos de tienda en tienda para comprar las ...
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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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“para cuando” vs “cuando”

Para cuando me di cuenta, ya era demasiado tarde. Cuando me di cuenta, ya era demasiado tarde. ¿Existe alguna diferencia en el signficado de estas oraciones? ¿Es correcto el uso de "para ...
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Information or resources on the correct use of “a”/prepositions with infinitive verbs

When constructing sentences I am not certain whether or not to use "a" prior to an infinitive. Considering the infinitive itself means - to ____ : To my understanding "Voy a leer" - I go to ...
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What does “encajan igual” mean in the following context?

¿Qué significa la frase encajan igual en la siguiente oración? Cada niño toma un número de cubos que encajan igual al número de letras en su nombre. Me parece ser un poco torpe. What does the ...