Words mostly about actions which can be conjugated to indicate person, number, tense, mood, etc.

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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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¿“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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Difference between 'podría estar' and 'estaría'

This question could apply to a number of verbs I guess, including: podría ser OR sería podría hablar OR hablaría podría comer OR comería Which could be generalised as 'conditional ...
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se pronoun in “no fault constructions”

One page I recently ran across discusses the concept of "no fault constructions" or verbs that use se in such a way to describe an action as taking place apart from the person who caused the action. ...
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“pensando en ti” vs. “pensando de ti” vs. “pensándote”

When using the verb pensar to describe thinking about a person, there are at least three options: Estoy pensando en ti. Estoy pensando de ti. Estoy pensándote. What are the differences between ...
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Subject - Verb Agreement: Repitiendo…, y determinando, ilustra

Repitiendo este proceso muchas veces, y determinando la proporción de éxitos para cada muestra, ilustra la idea de la variabilidad de muestra a muestra en la proporción muestral. Should ilustra or ...
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Can I say “contestar las preguntas” instead of “contestar a las preguntas”?

In my spanish text book there is a sentence: ¿Tenéis que contestar a las preguntas de la profesora? Since "contestar" can be followed directly by objects, why should we use a preposition "a" before ...
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No se acumulan vs No están acumulados

Ejemplo: Los permisos no se acumulan durante la configuración. En inglés está bien dicho The permissions are not accumulated during the configuration, o por el contrario lo que estoy diciendo con ...
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Verbos en pasado que tienen una “s” extra al final [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “s” final en tiempo pretérito: -aste(s), -iste(s) He visto que en algunos países, especialmente centroamericanos, terminan los verbos en segunda persona ...
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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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Using embedded pronouns inside verbs

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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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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“Hable con ella”

I'm referring to Almodóvar's picture. And I've been wondering: 2nd person imperative of the verb hablar is habla. hable is the 3rd person imperative form. Why is he using a 3rd person here. As if ...
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How to say “To tend to”

How do I say "to tend to" as in: I tend to rant a little bit when I'm tired. She tends to forget what she came into the room for. etc. Maybe I should just use 'a veces', 'siempre', etc.?
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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 form of ...
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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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Should I use preterit or imperfect to express something that used to happen repeatedly?

For example, if I wanted to say "They used to travel every day", which would I use: Ellos viajaron cada día. Ellos viajaban cada día.
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Difference between some verbs and pronomial forms of the verb with the same translation

SpanishDict translates some verbs and their pronomial forms (+de, +a, etc.) as the same thing. Off the top of my head: Escapar - to escape Escaparse de - to escape Olvidar - to forget ...
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¿Debo utilizar «decirle» o «decirles»?

Estoy redactando un documento de adiestramiento y me encuentro con una duda sobre el uso de esta palabra. La oración es la siguiente: La idea es decirle a los integrantes qué se les va a presentar ...
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Multiple verbs with different agents

When a sentence contains two verbs with different agents must they be separated by a conjunction (e.g. que)? Or, can the second verb be in the infinitive? For example, in the following sentence the ...
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Most common verbs

I am a spanish learner and I figured out that I really need to learn the verbs. Is there a good (preferably online) resource with let's say the 100 most common verbs and conjugation to get me started. ...
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What is the verb landarse (to be it in a game of tag)?

In Nicaragua, when children are playing tag, "to be it" is expressed using what is apparently the verb landarse: Pablo se landa. -> Pablo's it. Me lando yo. -> I'm it. I can't find landar ...
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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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Etymology of “caber”. Why does it share conjugation with “saber”?

Español ¿Alguien me puede explicar por qué los verbos "saber" y "caber" tienen la misma conjugación? No me sorprende que "saber" sea irregular, que es un verbo muy común, y en todo idioma los verbos ...
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How should “have been” be translated?

I often use the phrase "have been" (or "has been") in English in sentences like: It has been raining a lot recently. I have been thinking about the exam all week. It's been a long time since I've ...
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llamar with names

Me llamo Mary. So the common way to say this in English is "My name is Mary", but the literal translation is more like: I call myself Mary. So I wonder, if we take this in English: Call ...
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Equivalente de “discoverability” en español

Estoy estudiando redes de computadoras y en el libro Head First Networking aparece un término que sí entiendo pero quisiera saber si existe algún equivalente en español para él, el término es ...
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iba a + infinitivo con valor de condicional

En las oraciones: No pense que iba a volver a verte. Todos sabiamos que iba a fallar. iba a + infinitivo puede ser reemplazado por el condicional del infinitivo, como en: No pense que ...
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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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adquirir: Is there another stem-changing verb group? i -> ie

There is a list of stem-changing verbs present in Spanish grammar books: e -> ie: cerrar, comenzar, empezar, negar, quebrar o -> ou: acordarse, acostarse, contar, constar, mostrar u -> ue: ...
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¿Cuántas formas verbales hay en el español?

Hola muchachos resulta que estoy aprendiendo inglés y tengo dudas con las formas verbales de ese idioma pero viendo esto me di cuenta que tampoco tengo claras las del español, ¿Alguien sabe cuántas y ...
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When using object pronouns, should I say “la van a ver a” or “la van a ver”?

If I have a question: ¿Quiénes van a ver a Luisa el domingo? I can answer it someway like this, using object pronoun (I do not know if this is the right way to say that in English): Los alumnos van ...
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waste: desperdiciar vs. malgastar

I learned that "waste" in English can be translated as desperdiciar or malgastar in Spanish. What is the difference between these two words? Are there any cases where one is correct and the other is ...
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¿Por qué “vea” y no “veo”? Subjuntivo - presente

Cuando le vea mañana, le diré que la palabra "harto/a" es también usada en Mejico. Mi pregunta es por que es vea no veo? Suena raro, si el veo se usa en este contexto sin embargo la frase es en ...
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What's the meaning of “dar” in “dar por supuesto”?

In an exercise I came across the following sentence: Mis colegas dan por supuesto que yo termino el trabajo. I wonder about the expression dan por supuesto. I learned that dar is most frequently ...
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Find all forms of a verb, given one form of the verb

Is there any software that I can use to find all forms of a Spanish verb, given one form of the verb? I know of an online tool called Whitaker's Words that does this for Latin verbs, but I haven't yet ...
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Translation of “to wind (a rope, hose, string, cord, etc.)”

The other questions about "wind" got me thinking about it's normal verb use. To "wind" something is to wrap it in circles, either around an object or simply making a coil. For this use, it looks like ...
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Ser and Estar differences in passive voice?

There are process (ser) and status (estar) passive forms. I do not quite catch the difference in meaning and translations: La casa es vendida La casa fue vendida el mes pasado La casa está vendida La ...