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

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Usos de la palabra “papichulo”

Debido a la inclusión de la palabra papichulo en el nuevo diccionario de la RAE, mi pregunta es muy sencilla: ¿Qué significados y usos tiene la palabra papichulo? Sé que el diccionario recoge el ...
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Why do we say “Qué hora es” instead of “Qué hora está”?

I was taught that está is used in certain contexts meaning a temporary state (like emotion). Isn't "today" always temporary in that it is constantly changing to the next day? If so, why don't we use ...
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Verbos con sus respectivas preposiciones

Cada vez que busco en un diccionario inglés-español un verbo (en inglés), el diccionario muestra generalmente la preposición que acompaña a ese verbo, a veces suelen ser dos o más preposiciones. Es ...
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“¿De qué color es la camisa?” - What is “De” for?

It looks like this sentence can be formed without the "De" so what is it for?
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What does the ending “-ón” signify?

English: Consider the following: rata -> ratón puerta -> portón gata -> gatón Does the -ón ending change anything? Which word should I use and why? Español: Considere lo siguente: ...
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Cuál es el uso correcto de “Perdón”, “permiso”, “disculpa”, …?

I always struggle with the correct usage of the various ways one could say the equivalent of I'm sorry or Excuse me. Of course there are many reasons I would say these things and I was often looking ...
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Is it OK to end a sentence with an object pronoun (e.g. “He aprendido mucho de los”)

I'm trying to tell someone that I've learned a lot from a set of videos and books: "Thanks a lot for your excellent books and videos. I have learned a lot from them." and so my attempted translation ...
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¿Es despectivo el uso de la palabra “individuo”?

Es despectivo decir "individuo". Por ejemplo: ¿Por qué estás hablando con ese individuo?
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Imperfect vs Preterite Usage of “ser”

Su salud era delicada porque su corazón no latía. Why use ser instead of estar? Isn't health a not so permanent state? Isn't health described with estar?
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What is the difference between different ways of expressing desire and intention?

I hear a lot of different ways to express the idea of wanting something or wanting to do something. What is the difference between them? Yo quiero (algo o hacer algo o que pase algo) Me gustaría ... ...
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¿Qué significa la expresión “a lo que te truje chencha”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión "a lo que te truje chencha"?
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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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Cuál es el significado de la palabra “hay” en “qué hay sobre”

Era en un tebeo que estoy leyendo. Adición: el contexto: Una persona regresa con comida por solo una otra, y un otro personaje dice "¡¿Qué hay sobre la comida que nosotros queríamos comer?!"
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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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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “formación” y “capacitación”?

Estoy escribiendo con mi amiga de Argentina, y ella me habló de su nuevo trabajo. Ella dijo que tenía que tomar un curso de capacitación, pero veo la palabra "formación" en lugar a veces. ¿Cuál es ...
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Understanding ya vs. todavía vs. aún

English speakers learning Spanish have a hard time understanding the similarities and differences between ya, todavía, and aún (or aun). They don't perfectly match up with the similar English words ...
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How do you differentiate between walnuts and pecans in Spanish?

It recently occurred to me that the Spanish nuez can be translated to English as both "walnut" and "pecan." Is the same word really used for both types of nuts? How would you specify which nut you're ...
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Imperative with gustar

How would you use the imperative for the verb "gustar"? For example, commanding someone to like the food. Like the food. Would that be something like Gústete la comida. In that sentence, ...
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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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What's the difference between “vamos” and “vámonos”?

Español Cuando estaba estudiando Español, aprendí que "let's go" es "vamos," pero cuando fui a México, lo único que oído estaba "vámonos." Pregunté a una persona bilingüe allá, pero ella no supe la ...
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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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¿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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“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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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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How can I distinguish between “girlfriend,” “fiancée” and “bride”, which are all “novia”?

I am a native Portuguese speaker, where noiva means "bride" or "fiancée." So I was very confused when someone asked me if a girl was my novia, since she didn't have an engagement ring (thank goodness ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre igual (adverbio) e igualmente?

Según la RAE, tanto igual como igualmente puede ser adverbio. ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre los dos (con ese significado)? ¿Son sinónimos exactos, o se usan de maneras distintas?
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La diferencia entre “He” y “Hay”

What is the difference between He and Hay? I always hear the phrase Hay mucha información but I just saw the phrase He aquí algunos gráficos.... ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre he y hay? Por ejemplo, ...
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Usage of the word acullá

WordReference translates acullá as "yonder." Is this a word that was only used in the past, or is it still used in modern Spanish today? If so, what regions does it appear in and how is it used?
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Translation of “can”

I know can is poder in Spanish. But generally it would indicate the ability to do something rather than the permission. You cannot drink. No puedo beber. The above sentence could imply: 1) ...
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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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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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Soler vs imperfect tense for “used to”

Which is the preferred way to translate "used" to in Spanish? Consider the sentence: I used to eat ice-cream everyday. I can translate it as: Comía helado cada día and also as: Solía ...
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¿Qué significa en Argentina “al pedo”?

He escuchado y leído a argentinos decir "al pedo", por ejemplo, "estoy al pedo". Es evidente que NO se refiere a "estar pedo", que significa "estar borracho" en algunos sitios. ¿Qué significa "estar ...
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Could this sentence be heard two different ways?

If somebody said: "Me gusta él, pero no su grupo de amigos" (I like him, but not his group of friends), could it be heard as: "Me gusta el perro, no su grupo de amigos" (I like the dog, not his group ...
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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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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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Traducir “overview” al español

En las tiendas virtuales frecuentemente se muestran listados de productos con información resumida. Luego pinchando en cierto producto se dirige a la pagina de la ficha del producto, donde se detalla ...
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Ways of saying “The count can not be smaller than..”

What is the proper way of saying "The count of "something" can not be smaller than.." "la cantidad de "something" no puede ser más pequeña que.." or is it " el recuento de "something" no puede ser ...
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Plátano and banana, geographical differences?

I don't really speak Spanish, but I do know a few words and phrases here and there, and enjoy furthering what little knowledge I have. So, today I saw, in a Swedish newspaper, a reference to plantains ...
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How do you say “senior agent” in spanish?

As in more "experienced" customer service agent
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How acceptable is to use Cariño for non-relatives?

I usually greet my friends in many different ways, like Hola, guapa / bonita / amiga / etc. Sometimes with really close friends I would also use Hola, princesa! in a more perky way. But is it OK ...
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When should one use “para” for the English word “to”?

This is an extension of the question What is the difference between using "de" and "que" for the English word "to"? Consider the sentence "You have one minute to ...
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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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'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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¿Es una grosería decir “chíngalo”?

¿Quieres ver la televisión? ¡Chíngalo! Vamos al cine. ¿Sería una ofensa decir "chíngalo" en donde se hable español?
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How would you translate the word “badass” to Spanish?

I was thinking maybe of "cabrón" or "chingon" ; however I think those two sound too Mexican specific. Does anybody know a better and less region specific equivalent?
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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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¿Por qué cuando digo “Él no va a ningún lado” siento que está mal dicho?

En muchas, muchas, muchas ocasiones he usado este término. Y lo he escuchado de muchas personas también, la pregunta no es si está bien dicho, sino porque siento que carece de lógica y que significa ...
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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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Significado y traduccion de “Dolor de pecho”, o “duele el pecho”

Que significa en español la expresion "(le) duele el pecho"? Ejemplo: "Al devoto le duele el pecho cuando su corazon sale a acariciar el infinito". Como se traduce al ingles esta expresion, sin ...