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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¿Qué verbo se usa con la palabra “reflejo”?

¿Cuál es el verbo más apropiado para usar con el sustantivo "reflejo" (en el significado número 7 de la RAE)? Esto me provoca el reflejo vomitivo. Esto me causa el reflejo vomitivo. Esto ...
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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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What does my friend mean when he says this to his kid?

I've heard my friend say "me matas con cuchillito de palo" to his kid and I cannot figure out what it means. (I've googled it, and naturally google results are all over the map.) Usually the kid is ...
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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 ...
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¿Tiene el adjetivo “petiso” una connotación negativa?

Hace poco en una serie argentina en YouTube escuché la palabra petiso referida a una persona de baja estatura. En un principio pensé que sería una palabra de argot, pero por curiosidad lo encontré en ...
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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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Why does “bomba” mean so many different things?

The word bomba can translate to English as any of the following, depending on the region: bomb pump spray major piece of news bubble fire truck fire station gas station plus a few more... That ...
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Graphic usage of 'el' and 'la' for television

I work for a production department where we create promo spots for movies in Spanish. My question is, if we are graphically showing phrases, such as "Bravery Lives Here" would it have to show as "La ...
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When to use the article “el” with infinitives in Spanish?

What is the difference between, for example, "el comer" and just "comer" when used as a noun? The case I'm thinking of would use a gerund in English. For example, El comer chuches antes de cenar ...
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¿Por qué “tener cara” es malo? ¿Y por qué “descarado” significa lo mismo, siendo exactamente lo contrario?

Me he dado cuenta de un fenómeno curioso: tanto ser "descarado" como "tener cara", "tener cara dura", "ser un caradura" o "tener mucha cara" tiene mala connotación. ¿Acaso todo lo relacionado con la ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “plano” y cuándo “mapa”?

Leo en el diccionario de la RAE: Mapa m. Representación geográfica de la Tierra o parte de ella en una superficie plana. Plano m. Representación esquemática, en dos dimensiones y a ...
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How formal is cuán? What are the informal alternatives?

How formal is the Spanish word cuán? When is it appropriate to use, and when does it seem out of place? How are sentences using cuán normally expressed in informal speech?
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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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“A menudo” vs “frecuentemente”

Dictionary says both mean often. Which one is a better way to say often in Spanish in day to day conversations? If there are regional variations, I would like to know what Mexicans prefer.
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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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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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¿Qué significa “a poco”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "a poco" usada en México? Por ejemplo: ¿A poco? ¿A poco sí?/¿A poco no? ¿A poco no has hecho la tarea?
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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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Can Spanish distinguish between “lonely” and “alone”?

I learned that solo in Spanish means both "alone" (the simple fact of not having anyone else around) and "lonely" (feeling sad because of being alone). Is there any way of distinguishing between these ...
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Marmot vs Groundhog

In English, the groundhog and the marmot are not the same thing, the groundhog being a subcategory of marmot or distinct altogether, but in spanish there is but one word for the both: "marmota". How ...
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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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Difference between “coche” and “carro”

I have always wondered what is the difference between coche and carro. I have done some googling on it but still can't understand. Can anyone explain what is the difference between coche and carro ...
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congratulations: felicidades vs. felicitaciones

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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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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Uso de “malamente” en vez de “de mala manera”

Muchas veces, sobre todo —creo yo— en textos o discursos de carácter jurídico, está presente el adverbio malamente, palabra que corresponde a la típica adverbialización de un adjetivo mediante el uso ...
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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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La llave vs. la clave

Nevermind the fact that these two words are both irregularly feminine I was always taught in school that llave is key, like the kind you use to open doors / crank a vehicle, etcetera. Though when I ...
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Verbs ending in -ed

What kind of conjugation is it when a verb ends in "-ed", such as "tened," "ved," or "coged" What does it make the word mean/ how is it used (in what context)? (Just for the record, I've seen this ...
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Any difference between aquí and acá

I've been taught that aquí and acá are completely interchangable. From personal observation, acá seems to be used more often than aquí in the context of "I live down this road." Example: Vivo ...
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Difference between “De Nada” and “No problema”

What is the difference between De Nada and No es problema? They both mean "no problem", or "it was nothing", right?
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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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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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¿“Más bueno” es incorrecto, correcto bajo ciertas circunstancias o totalmente correcto pero poco usado?

En portugués brasileño mais grande (más grande) es aparentemente un error garrafal, solo bajo ciertas circunstancias no lo es, pero nadie me da una respuesta del porque. Hasta ahora mi conclusión es ...
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Difference between “Luego” and “entonces”

What is the difference between Luego and entonces?? I know they both mean "then". Do they mean other things as well???
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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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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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Consciente de que / consciente que

En las siguientes dos oraciones, ¿cuál es correcta? Soy consciente que la deuda es muy grande para mí. Soy consciente de que la deuda es muy grande para mí. Pongo en negrilla las palabras con las ...
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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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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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Difference between casa and hogar [closed]

What is the difference between casa and hogar. They both mean home, don't they?
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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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Examples of use of each verb form

I understand that some of these forms are obsolete, but I would like to see examples for each one of them (how they were used before). Also point out which forms are used now instead of the old ones. ...
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Difference between “Guardar” and “Conservar”

What is the difference between guardar and conservar? They both mean to keep and to preserve.
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Difference between Verdad and Cierto [duplicate]

What's the difference between cierto and verdad? I know that they both mean "Correct"
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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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El uso de “comerse”

Qué diferencias hay entre las oraciones siguientes : Así que empezaron a comerse las paredes de la casa. Así que empezaron a comer las paredes de la casa.
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What is the difference, if any, between “nunca” and “jamás”?

Friends tell me there is a subtle difference between the two, and that jamás is a little stronger, a little more definitive a statement than nunca. Both mean "never"—but are there any measurable ...
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Meaning and connotations of “gringo”

In the US, "gringo" is usually understood as a disparaging reference to a foreigner (see the Merriam-Webster definition). What exactly does gringo mean in Spanish? Is it neutral, or does it have ...
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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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¿Cómo se llaman las primeras dos décadas del siglo?

Yo nací en los años setenta y me casé en los noventa. Mis hijos nacieron en... y ahora estamos en... Sé que no hay una respuesta única, pero ¿qué forma cómoda y correcta recomiendan para ...