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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When should you use the preterite or the imperfect to express past time?

There are two ways to express simple past time actions and conditions in Spanish. One is the preterite, Comí tacos. (I ate tacos.) Besé a una chica. (I kissed a girl.) and the other is the ...
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If soy and eres mean “I am” and “you are”, when should you use “yo soy” and “tú eres”? [duplicate]

Knowing that verbs imply the subject (unlike English), when is it necessary to be redundant and use the subject? I gathered that it is only used at the beginning of a conversation, but I'm not sure. ...
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Usage of “ver(se)” for “to seem/look” (te ves, se te ve, te veo, etc.)

The verb ver can be used in a few different constructions to convey how something looks or seems: Te ves bonita. Se te ve mal. Te veo bien. For the reflexive constructions, the WordReference entry ...
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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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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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Is “haber” always a helping verb?

In this sentence: Lamento que no haya más galletas. there is only a "helping" verb, but none other. I thought there should be another verb, also. Help me understand this, please.
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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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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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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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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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Using “cómo” with verbs after “saber”

I already anticipate that part of my problem is that I'm trying to literally translate, which I know I shouldn't (but...). I'm confused: Juan sabe nadar. I read that this means "Juan knows how ...
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The difference between the use of “es” and “está”

El pollo ......... sobre la mesa. Then the two options are es and está. I think the both are correct but duolingo app says it's está adding more to my confusion. Why es is not correct here? ...
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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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When do you not conjugate verbs?

One of my homework assignments asks the following questions, and I'm wondering why the verbs aren't conjugated. ¿Vivir en el desierto o vivir en el centro de una ciudad grande? ¿Tener una ...
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Should I use SER or ESTAR to talk about when an event takes place?

I'm trying to say that recurring events are on certain days. Since its an event, should it be a phrase with ser? Or since the events fall on certain days, do I use estar?
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How is the second person singular formed with rioplatense “vos”?

English I learned my Spanish in Spain, some years ago. Now I am visiting Uruguay and Argentina and coming across the usage of the pronoun vos, and its corresponding different formation of the second ...
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When is “me encanta” romantic?

I have heard that me gusta usually has a romantic connotation when referring to people (as opposed to just saying that you get along well with someone). What about me encanta? Does it always have ...
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Present subjunctive in vos form

What is the rule for conjugating verbs in the vos form in the present subjunctive? If it varies by region, what are the differences?
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “contar” y “decir”?

Soy un novato absoluto de español, así mi gramática puede contener unos errores (perdón). ¿Qué verbo debo usar? Sé que los dos se utilizan como "to tell." Hay ejemplos que utilizan los dos, como: ...
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El uso de “contra” y “al” con “clamar”/The use of “contra” and “al” with “clamar”

Español Perdón for mis errors. Esto a principiante. Leí el sitio web "elpair.com," cuándo vi este titular "El exilio armenio clama contra Obama al recordar el genocidio". Pienso que él significa "...
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How do you differenciate “remember” and “remind”?

I used Google to translate "remember" and "remind". Both came out to be recordar. Why is there no distinction made? You can only remember something by youself, but you have to remind someone else of ...
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Why does “mostrar a” mean “to show” and not “to show to”?

Tengo una biblia bilingüe. En el 14 capítulo de Juan, cuenta así una conversación entre Jesús y uno de su discípulos: --Señor-- dijo Felipe--, muéstranos al Padre y con eso nos basta. --¡Pero,...
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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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¿Cuándo se usa “libertar”, y cuando “liberar”? ¿Qué diferencias hay entre las dos palabras?

¿Cuándo es mas apropiado usar "liberar" o "libertar"? ¿Qué diferencias hay entre las dos? Connotan algo distinto? Por ejemplo, Él los libertó de la esclavitud [o] Él los liberó de la esclavitud
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If you need to clarify a speaker with a pronoun, do you need to clarify all verbs in the sentence with one?

The following is ambiguous: Mientras era feliz, eres cansado y era triste. If you want to clarifiy speakers by adding pronouns to the verbs, would you have to do it to all them, or only until ...
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Why is there a “se” after the verb in “llevarse los libros a casa”?

The sentence comes from an exercise in my Spanish text book: ¿Pueden los lectores llevarse los libros a casa si quieren? In the above sentence, there's a "se" after the verb "llevar". But I think ...
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Second person singluar imperative of a reflexive verb ending in a diphthong

The question is pretty much in the title. If I have the verb lavarse, I know to make the imperative I use lávate. But what to do with a verb like afeitarse? Is it afeitate? My spellcheck thinks not....
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What is the correct verb for temporary/transient color?

Color, generally, is ascribed with ser. In the mental model I'm assembling as I learn Spanish, this seems to be because it is, generally, a durable characteristic. El cielo es azul - the sky is blue. ...
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What does “haiga” mean?

What is the Spanish word haiga? Is it a properly conjugated form of a verb? Or a regional variant or improper conjugation? Where/when is it used?
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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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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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Translation of “settling in”

In English, "to settle in" describes what someone does after moving in to a new place or returning from a long vacation: I just got back, I'm still settling in. We moved last week! It will be ...
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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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Voy vs. Vengo, both correct?

So I have a doubt. I was talking with a cousin and I said: Entonces de pronto vengo en enero. And he said, isn't it voy ? I thought about it and I think that both are correct. Am I wrong?
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Using embedded pronouns inside verbs [duplicate]

So, I'm in Spanish 1, and I've heard that pronouns (Yo, tu, el, etc.) are embedded in conjugated verbs. I've noticed the use of a separate pronoun along with a conjugated verb, and it seems a little ...
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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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¿“Espero que hagas algo” o “espero hagas algo”?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de utilizar este juego de verbos transitivos? "Espero que hagas como te ordeno". "Espero hagas como te ordeno". Es sólo un ejemplo pero tengo la duda porque la ...
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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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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

¿Qué significa el se en esta frase? Siempre didáctico, hizo [Melquíades] una sabia exposición sobre las virtudes diabólicas del cinabrio. Úrsula no le hizo caso, sino que se llevó los niños a ...
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“Pipe” in Spanish?

In the context of programming, we refer to "pipe" as the action where you send the output of a process into another one. For example, I can say: echo "hello" | sed 's/h/XX/g' # ^ # ...
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Additional meaning of the verb “rotar” in Latin America?

I heard the verb rotar and rotarlo in contexts where neither rotate nor turn nor roll seems to make sense. return possibly, but I do not understand spanish well enough. I believe they where talking ...
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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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Which of the three Spanish “is” words should be used about the God's existence?

Which 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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Which of these expressions is correct? “Debe ser” vs “Debe de ser” [duplicate]

I have always had this doubt. Which of these expressions is properly used and when to use each of them? Debe haber sido un accidente Debe de haber sido un accidente (is this a mistake?)
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Meaning of “en + infinitive” in “en explorar”

What is this phrase en explorar in the following sentence? Los primeros europeos en explorar la región del actual Illinois fueron misioneros franceses. I would have thought you would say que ...
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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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Is it correct that a noun can be followed by an infinitive?

I have been learning Spanish for 2 years now, and have consistently seen that the infinitive form of the verb can only exist: * after a preposition, or * after another verb. For me this has been a ...
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how does one translate “smoking meat”?

I was trying to express, "I smoked some pork spare ribs this past weekend," in Spanish. I tried looking up smoking meats in the Spanish dictionary and often I get fumar (to smoke), asar (bbq), or ...
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Antiquated uses of haber

Today, someone told me that haber can be used to indicate possession, apparently because in early Spanish haber was used to mean tener. They gave the specific example of: Hemos un bocadillo (We have ...
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Why is “remate” used for taking a shot in football?

Since the verb Rematar consists of re + matar, and most of the definitions concerning it define it as either "finishing off" or completing a sale, how did it come to be used in Football as remate when ...