Parte de la oración que expersa la acción o movimiento. Words mostly about actions which can be conjugated to indicate person, number, tense, mood, etc.

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Why “regreso” and not “regrieso”?

To return is regresar. I have heard that when there is a stress on e, it caves in and it turns into ie. For instance querer become quiero because at present tense the penultimate syllable is stressed ...
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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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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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¿Cuántas formas verbales hay en el español?

Resulta que estoy aprendiendo inglés y tengo dudas con las formas verbales de ese idioma, pero viendo esto me di cuenta de que tampoco tengo claras las del español. ¿Alguien sabe cuántas y cuáles ...
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Using Cruzar to indicate turning

My computer based spanish course just served up a lesson where they translated cruzar to mean to turn when giving directions (and did so on multiple occasions). This confused me as I understood ...
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Exactly what type of a word is “véase”?

I see the words véase and véanse somewhat frequently. I understand they are used like this: See page 5 Véase página 5 And See pages 5 and 6 Véanse páginas 5 y 6 ...
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Diferencia entre “andar”, “caminar” e “ir”

Caminando en dirección al bosque, vi a mi amiga Sylvia. Andando en dirección al bosque, vi a mi amiga Sylvia. Yendo en dirección al bosque, vi a mi amiga Sylvia. ¿Cuál es la diferencia ...
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Can there be situations where both “saber” and “conocer” can be used?

Example1 Uds quieren saber mi país. If conocer is substituted for saber in this sentence, the meaning switch from knowing exactly what the country is to things about the country. Example2 ...
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Ciertas conjugaciones verbales no convencionales

Yo he escuchado algunas veces a personas conjugar los siguientes verbos de la siguiente manera: (en paréntesis la forma correcta) Volver ---> volvido (vuelto) Resolver ---> resolvido (resuelto) ...
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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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Which of these is correct when using hubiera sido & fuera, and what is the difference between the two verbs

Which of these is correct when using hubiera sido & fuera, and what is the difference between the two verbs? 1: Si el florero no hubiera sido caro, lo habría comprado para mi madre. 2: ...
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If the subject doesnt change, when do I use the infinitive?

So I know this works with the infinitive: quiero tomar leche But what if there are multiple verbs or different scenarios? What are the rules? For example: Yo he estado considerando hacer un ...
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¿Es correcto decir “no te sé decir”?

¿Es correcto decir "no te sé decir" o "no te sabría decir", en lugar de "no sé decirte" o "no sabría decirte"?
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Are there verbs in Spanish meaning “to use the familiar/formal you” (like “to be on first-name terms” or “du sagen” in German)?

In Spanish you have 2 forms of you: tú for familiar addressing (friends/peers) Usted for formal addressing Is there a single verb meaning "to use tú to address him", something like the German du ...
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“Thankfully” in Spanish?

Would it be correct to say, Hoy es llueve, salvos afortunadamente, manana es hace sol. when trying to say Today is rainy, but thankfully tomorrow is sunny. If not, what would I say ...
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“ir a «infinitive»” vs. future tense

There are two ways to indicate a future action, ir a «infinitive» and the future tense. How do I decide which to use when? Is one form more common when spoken or in writing? Is there a regional ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre comer y comerse?

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el verbo normal comer y su forma reflexiva comerse? Si los significados son iguales, ¿cuál es la diferencia de connotación? Y, ¿se usa el reflexivo de la misma manera en ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between »aparcar« and »estacionar«?

I have been revising vocabulary and I noticed that these two verbs have the same definition. Can someone, please clarify what the difference is. Thanks for your help.
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What is the appropriate name for the Present Perfect tense in Spanish?

I am unsure how to refer to the Present Perfect tense in Spanish as I teach it. Is it El Presente Perfecto, El Preterito Perfecto, El Perfecto de Indicativo or something else?
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when se is needed for transitive verbs?

Note the following two sentences: Antes él había recogido las flores. He had gathered the flowers earlier. Él se había ganado un premio. He had won a prize. I'm pretty sure the use is ...
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To manage to do something (on time)

I hope you could help me to find out is there any specific verb in Spanish for the following situations. Imagine a train station, the train is already there and is about to leave the station. ...
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Is Conditional in Spanish a Tense or a Mood?

The Wikipedia article on Spanish verbs (as of 31.01.2016) states that The Spanish conditional, although semantically expressing the dependency of one action or proposition on another, is generally ...
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The Spanish Infinitive

I have successfully completed all grammar topics in Spanish, however one topic is still puzzling for me: the infinitive. I often find myself trying to sell, "It is difficult to explain" in Spanish. ...
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Use of “conocer” in the context of meeting someone

From searching the web via Google, I'm finding that "conocer" can be used to express that one is meeting someone else for the first time. Does this mean that two or more persons are meeting for the ...
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Is there Spanish verb equivalent of the phrase “was like” in place of “said”?

In colloquial English, the verb "like" is often paired with the past forms of be, "was" or "were", to describe mainly words said or actions done in the past. Examples: When we drove past, she was ...
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When is it appropriate to use 'ser' versus 'estar'?

Below are Spanish-to-English translations from a lesson on Memrise.com: este está más barato (this one is cheaper) este es más nuevo (this one is newer) Why is estar used when describing ...
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Translation of the phrase “I'm happy.”

In the phrase: "I'm happy" Which verb is grammatically correct to translate the phrase, ser or estar? Is it "soy feliz" or ''Estoy feliz"
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Presenting people versus presenting to them

I'm an avid user of Duolingo Spanish and I recently came across this phrase: Ellas presentan a sus familias. I translated it as They present to their families but then remembered that the ...
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What of the three Spanish “is” words should be used when talking about the God's existence?

What of the three Spanish is words (ser, estar, haber) should be used when talking about the God's existence? And is there any difference between speaking about the existence of any (pagan) gods, or ...
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Perdón, disculpa or lo siento?

According to an online dictionary (spanishdict.com), one can say "i'm sorry" in three ways: "perdón" to apologize (Perdón por...) "lo siento" in more formal occasions (Lo siento mucho por su ...
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translate the phrase “What should I eat to stay healthy?”

I am confused to what verb I should conjugate in this sentence. Should I translate this sentence to ¿Qué debo comer a mantenerse sano? since "should" appears before "eat", or should I translate ...
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What is wrong with following answers? Possible error in exercise?

I have been doing my homework on a online platform which our university provided and I came at sort of impasse. I am supposed to form sentences from several words provided in the exercise. When ...
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Syntax of the sentence ''Me voy''

"Me voy" means "I'm leaving". The subject of the verb "voy" is "yo" and it is omitted. Is the reflexive pronoun "me" the object of the verb? And if so, why is it essential to use "me" when the ...
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Uso de “heme aquí”

Lo he visto en alguna ocasión en literatura o alguna interpretación de español antiguo, pero no es muy común, supongo que de alguna forma su uso está obsoleto. Ahora las dudas: ¿Cual verbo es el ...
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Reflexive pronoun with another object/multiple objects

If I want to say "I wash myself and you," how is that said? "Se y te lavo?" Or "se lavo a mi y ti?" I haven't been able to find any information on this topic; most of what I've found is two objects ...
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Empleo de Ser o Estar en la oraciòn

Quisiera saber cuál es el verbo correcto al usar ser/estar en estas 2 oraciones. "La característica que observamos en la zona es que..... 1) Los biotopos tienden a estar/ser influenciados ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement “Estudiar y trabajar resulta…”

In English: Studying and working at the same time always result in a big challenge. In Spanish: Estudiar y trabajar al mismo tiempo siempre resulta un gran desafío. Why is the singular ...
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Lenguaje apropiado para un taller informático

Tengo la necesidad de preparar un instructivo para un taller informático, más conocido como workshop y quiero saber qué tiempo y modo verbal utilizar para trasmitir las ideas a fines al taller. En un ...
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Diferencia en significado usando modales

¿Qué diferencia hay entre las expresiones Ella pudo verme. Ella pudo haberme visto ?
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How to translate 'to become?' (hacerse, ponerse, convertirse en, etc.)

I've heard several different words used for 'to become' in Spanish. Obviously sometimes there are specific verbs to use, like 'enfadarse' means to become angry, but often you need to use a verb that ...
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“s” final en tiempo pretérito indefinido: -aste(s), -iste(s)

Español La segunda persona singular del pretérito indefinido generalmente termina en "-aste" o "-iste". En muchos lugares, la gente agrega una "s" final a estas palabras (por ejemplo, hablastes en ...
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using 'yo' instead of 'estoy'

I have just started learning Spanish and in my reference book I saw a conversation that went like this: Yo un poco cansado ¿y ustedes? Yo muy bien. I would think that you had to say: ...
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Why do several commercials/announcements put accents on their verbs?

I grew up in Costa Rica, so I can understand Spanish just fine. And yet, there is something I never quite got about the language. Here is an example of such thing in action: Si abandonás este ...
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¿Como difieren “ir _ando” y “estar _ando”?

Hay una forma del verbo que termina en -ndo, como caminando o durmiendo. Yo pienso que esta forma se llama el "participio progresivo". Entiendo como se usa estar con el progresivo, por ejemplo: ...
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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“To suggest/To propose” something in Spanish

I'm writing an email where I'd like to say: "I suggest we meet at the same time and place, only change the day to Friday." The verb offered by translation software is sugerir. In the definition ...
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Use of verb-forming suffix “-ear”

"-Ear" is a suffix that productively forms verbs, as "tutear" from "tú" or "zapatear" from "zapato." My question is: when is this suffix used over just plain "-ar" and vice versa? For instance, ...
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Ser and estar for location

ENGLISH The edge-cases of ser and estar still seem to get me. My understanding is that when speaking of a location, I should use estar. La biblioteca está aquí. However, a student I am ...
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Preterit Passive vs. Estar + Past Participle

English 1 El ratón se mató. (Preterit passive) 2 El ratón estuvo matado. (Estar + past participle) The two sentences above translate to the same in English: The mouse was killed. ...