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Why is “De nada” used as a response to “Gracias”?

De means "of", and nada means "nothing", so why, when put together are they used in response to "Gracias"?
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
131 views

Difference between “al” and “a el”

What is the difference between al and a el? Al and A el are the same, right?
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How to say this sentence in Spanish

so I want to say the following in sentence "Your goal is to decided how related the two meanings of this word are to one another. Another way to think of this would be, how similar, on a scale of ...
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Is «verga» a word I should avoid in polite company?

Wiktionary mentions that «verga» can be a vulgar term for an erect penis. It mentions this along with several other definitions. RAE mentions the vulgar term as the first definition, then lists half ...
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The difference between the use of “les” and “los”

El maestro ......... lee un libro. The correct answer to the above blank is 'nos' or 'les'. But it made me confused why 'los' also not was the correct choice. As I know both mean 'them' and both ...
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Are past and perfect tense in Spanish used the same way as they are used in English?

I'm learning about past and perfect tenses, still it's quite hard to determine their meanings sometimes. Let's say I have these 3 sentences: He aprendido Aprendo hace 2 horas Aprendí hace 2 horas ...
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Subjunctive Third-person singular

I do not understand why in Spanish the following sentence makes sense Cuando Jaime cumpla 50 años, vamos a darle una fiesta. but this does not? Cuando Jaime cumpliere 50 años, vamos a ...
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Where to begin to learn spanish?

Next year I'm going to be in Spain as an exchange student. I don't know anything about the Spanish language and I've been told that where I'm going people don't speak English so I have to learn ...
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Salient features of the Norteño dialect of Mexican Spanish

What features make this dialect different from the ones spoken in the rest of Mexico? I am keen on understanding what makes a Norteño speaker stand out; i.e. pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, that ...
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1answer
28 views

Pretérito perfecto and when to use it

Regarding the pretérito perfecto tense, here is what I can gather so far: We CAN use it...: For recent actions, i.e. within a timeframe still incomplete i.e. today, this week etc. Past actions that ...
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1answer
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¿Qué posición ocupa y qué función tiene “Los niños” en “Los niños parece que están divirtiéndose mucho”?

En español, como en inglés y otras lenguas, hay ciertos verbos que se comportan como raising predicates, es decir, permiten, y de hecho obligan a, que el sujeto de la cláusula que debe servirles como ...
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1answer
29 views

The distinction between past and present tense in the following sentence

Fuimos al resturante y comimos pasta. I was doing some exercise on past tense on Spanish language and this very first question made me confused that how this is a past tense. The application on ...
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1answer
22 views

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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3answers
95 views

What is the difference between “Como estas” and Como estás"

What is the difference between Como estas and Como estás with an accent??? Does it mean something else???
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2answers
149 views

Why is “Mr.” not translated to “Señor” in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”?

I am listening to "Simply Audio" CDs of books (read in Spanish). One of them is "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" which I would expect to be translated as "Adios, Señor Chips" but instead it is "Adios, Mr. Chips" ...
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4answers
316 views

¿Es una ofensa decir “Chale”?

A: Quiero ir a la casa de Juana a visitarla. B: ¡Chale! Vamos para allá mañana. ¿Es una ofensa decir "Chale" ?
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4answers
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Es una ofensa para llamarle a alguien “Gabacho”?

¿Es una ofensa llamar a alguien "Gabacho" en Mexico y en otros países donde el español se habla?
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2answers
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¿Cuando se puede decir que un chisme es un “chisme de lavadero”?

Quiero saber que es lo que hace a un chisme que sea "de lavadero" La RAE da estas acepciones: chisme. (Quizá del lat. cimex, chinche). 1. m. Noticia verdadera o falsa, o comentario con que ...
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2answers
219 views

¿Cuál es la etimología de “torito”?

He leido la palabra torito con el siguiente significado, obtenido de la RAE: m. Méx. Pregunta capciosa de difícil respuesta. ¿Cuál es la etimología? ¿Tiene que ver con alguna fiesta ...
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2answers
717 views

Name of the “United States”

I always refer to The United States of America in Spanish as «los Estados Unidos>>. But today I came across an article entitled China acusa a Estados Unidos de rehuir compromisos. Notice the lack of ...
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3answers
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Traducción sencilla y elegante para “one hit wonder”

Un one hit wonder es un grupo o cantante que es famoso por una única canción muy exitosa, mientras que el resto de su discografía pasa prácticamente desapercibido. Algunos ejemplos serían "Breakfast ...
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please translate this for me [closed]

I got a mail with this image as attachment. Could any body please translate what is written in this image, it's in spanish. Thank you.
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What does it mean when a girl says “te quiero” in this context?

I've been... seeing this girl for about half a year. We're not officially together, but we're pretty playful and there's a lot of flirting. We like each other.. She speaks fluent english but is a ...
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2answers
142 views

¿Cuál es la respuesta correcta para “Si hubiéramos estudiado todo el temario, no _______ haciendo el examen extraordinario”?

En el examen Ceneval EXANI-II que se aplica a los aspirantes para licenciatura viene esta pregunta: Si hubiéramos estudiado todo el temario, no _______ haciendo el examen extraordinario. ...
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1answer
47 views

Pretéritos fuertes desusados

¿Cuáles son los verbos que en el período medieval o áurico tenía formas fuertes (pretérito irregular al que corresponden las terminaciones -i, -iste, -ió, -imos, -isteis, -ieron en la modernidad)? ...
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Es probable que + future tense

I was wondering if you want to say a sentence such as It is likely that he will continue to develop do you use 'Es probable que' with the future tense 'continuará' or the present subjunctive, ...
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Book recommendation [closed]

As the title suggests, I am in eager need of a book, written in both Spanish and English. I am not sure if there are such books that are double translated. But I saw these in other countries. Also, ...
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1answer
71 views

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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11answers
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How important are accents in written Spanish?

English I notice that native Spanish speakers often leave off accents in writing. Outside the context of edited material, it almost seems like accent pedantry is the sign of someone who has learned ...
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1answer
80 views

Variants to the rolled R in Spain?

According to the Wikipedia article below, the double r is pronounced without the Alveolar trill in some parts of Spain. However after a lot of searching I haven´t been able to find any more info on ...
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1answer
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La differencia entre el pretérito anterior y el pretérito pluscuamperfecto

El artículo de wikipedia sobre el pretérito anterior afirma que: "El pretérito anterior ha caído en desuso en español, y ha sido reemplazado en todos los registros salvo el culto por otra forma verbal ...
3
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1answer
83 views

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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2answers
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When is it appropriate to say “buenos días”?

It looks like "buenos días" is most commonly translated as "good morning," although apparently it can mean "good day" as well (like a literal translation would suggest). Is it appropriate to greet ...
2
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1answer
50 views

What are these words “hances” and “deshances” in a proverb common on the Internet?

A friend of mine just showed me this Spanish proverb, which is some equivalent to English "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations". "Quien no lo tiene, lo hance; y quien lo tiene, lo ...
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1answer
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Preterite or Imperfect for a quote in the past

Say you have the sentence: Por lo general, mis papás me decían que yo necesitaba estudiar. I believe that necesitar should be in the imperfect as there is no definite time frame for the ...
3
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2answers
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What is the gender classification of a word which can take either gender?

A few words in Spanish have no specific gender. Generally (to my knowledge) these words refer to people, and the gender follows the gender of the person about whom is being spoken. Some examples: ...
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2answers
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Why to add “la” after “viajar”?

I'm now using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish, and today I found the following sentences: Estoy viajando a Italia para visitar unas ruinas antiguas. Estoy viajando a la India para visitar este ...
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2answers
262 views

What is the “dativo ético”?

In this comment, the grammatical term dativo ético is mentioned: With comer, dativo ético is often used, quite rare to use comer without it (at least in Spain). For example, instead of "Él comió ...
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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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1answer
179 views

Is “Abue” both grandfather AND grandmother?

I know that "grandfather" is "Abuelo" in Spanish and that "grandmother" is "Abuela" in Spanish. I heard a youngster refer to his grandfather as "Abue" (OB-way); I guess this is something like ...
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1answer
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Is there a translation for 'Piloncillo'? [closed]

The dictionary says brown sugar but azúcar moreno is brown sugar. Besides piloncillo is solid and not a powder. I'm having a hard time explaining to Americans what piloncillo is.
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2answers
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The translation of 'at' in Spanish

The Spanish translation of He appears at night. are given below. Is it correct both to say Él aparece en la noche. and/or Él aparece a la noche. en and a, what is the difference ...
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2answers
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Why subjuntivo in Cause-Effect “Hace que <sujeto> + <subjuntivo>”

Objective Understand the function of and reason to use subjunctive in cause-effect with "hace que …" Related Topics What does “hace que” mean in this sentence? Examples La profesora hace que ...
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2answers
249 views

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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2answers
374 views

Si quiero decir “He knows a little Spanish” ¿qué verbo necesito usar: saber o conocer?

Si quiero decir He knows a little Spanish ¿Qué verbo necesito usar: 'saber' o 'conocer'? Yo pienso que la frase es similar a "él _____ un poco de español", pero no sé qué verbo necesito usar ...
2
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2answers
68 views

El imperfecto de subjuntivo

I am trying to say: It was important to flatter my teachers if I wanted to get good grades. It's difficult to translate because it is sorta like a double subjunctive sentence. My attempt: ...
2
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1answer
179 views

Difference between “arrastrar” and “parar”

El golpeteo de la puerta paró cuando me levanté aproximadamente a las 10 de la mañana para beber un vaso de agua. Can I also use arrastrar in this context? What is the difference between ...

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