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Why would a translation add specifics to an original left purposely vague?

In "Treasure Island" there is this original (English) text: Mr. Dance stood there, as he said, "like a fish out of water," and all he could do was to dispatch a man to B---- to warn the cutter. "And ...
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Is there a non-PITA way to type accented Spanish characters with an English keyboard?

I know one can use a utility to copy special symbols (such as Windows' Character Map to find and copy "ñ"), and one can also use the numeric keypad and enter "Alt+0241" etc., but is there a non-PITA ...
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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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Which Spanish-speaking country has the most English learners?

Being a Californian, I think of Mexico first when thinking of Spanish-speaking countries (just as I think of the U.S. first when considering English-speaking countries, although my British friends ...
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Uso del pronombre “se” en “Se viene la Copa América”

Desde hace algunos años se ha vuelto muy frecuente en Chile la expresión "se viene...", con el significado de "ya viene" o "se acerca", sobre todo en publicidad y en el periodismo deportivo. Por ...
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What is the absolute superlative of “delicioso?”

I'm thinking it is "deliciosísimo/a," but when I check it on online translators, it comes up as nothing. I would just like confirmation that this is wrong (or right), and what the correct absolute ...
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Origin of the name “Jesucristo”

The name Jesus translates simply as Jesús, and Christ as Christo. So why is Jesus Christ translated as Jesucristo rather than Jesús Cristo or Cristo Jesús? Google gives me a plethora of explanations ...
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1977 better lyrics [on hold]

The translations I looked up in google are incomplete or make no sense. Anyone care to provide a better translation for this awesome song? Additional : I guess it refers to Pinochet when it says ...
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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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Son/Eres/Es? I am very confused in this

We use 'eres' for 'are' with you in Spanish. We use 'es' with usted for 'are'. If we have to use 'are' with boys, what would we use, son, eres or es? What would be the appropriate tense for "The ...
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Pasar a ser / Convertirse en

Objective Clarify the difference (if any) and usages of "Pasar a ser" and "Convertirse en". Question To say "X turned into Y" or "X is transformed into Y", such as "Chucky becomes a murderous ...
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¿Qué opción es correcta: “y e-mail” o “e e-mail”?

Estaba escribiendo la frase "nombre, apellido e e-mail" cuando me surgió la duda: ¿debo escribir "e e-mail" o "y e-mail"? La "e" de "e-mail" suena como "i" (i meil), pero se escribe con "e". ¿A cuál ...
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Placement of Subject with Imperatives

When I'm using the imperative mood, does the subject come before of after the verb? I ask because in "Viva Las Vegas" the subject comes after- if this is indeed the common form of imperatives, why is ...
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¿Cómo se realiza una pregunta con una conjunción disyuntiva?

Digamos que quiero preguntarle a alguien si fui yo quién lo despertó o si ya estaba despierto, ¿cuál es la manera correcta de hacerlo?, se me ocurren las siguientes posibilidades: ¿Estabas ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “peinarse con la raya a la derecha”?

En un artículo sobre el ciclista español, Alberto Contador, en el Giro de Italia, El País utilizó la frase: Alberto Contador ha empezado a peinarse con la raya a la derecha. Buscando un poco en ...
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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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¿Qué quiere decir “alivio de luto”?

Leí hace poco la expresión "alivio de luto" en un libro. La lógica me indica que se trata de un luto aligerado tras la primera época posterior a la muerte de un ser querido. ¿Estoy en lo cierto? ...
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Can “desprenderse” be used to imply the English phrase “to give off”?

English: He "gives off" a strange vibe. Español: Él se "desprende" extraño.
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Grammar of tengo and tienes

I am having trouble understanding how to use tienes/tengo and other related "have" words. For example, in my current lesson in Rosetta Stone, the following examples are used: Tengo anteojos de ...
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“Vídeo tutorial” or “videotutorial”

What is the correct form of "Vídeo tutorial" or "videotutorial"? It refers to a video to teach other people about something.
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Cheeky smile in Spanish

Estoy buscando una manera de decir "cheeky smile". En mi clase he usado la frase "sonrisa descarada" pero no se si hay alguna manera mejor de decirlo. En termino de dialectos, vivo en los estados ...
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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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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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Awesome or Sweet

I'm looking for a Latin American (including US speakers from latin american backgrounds) Spanish translation of the phrase "awesome" or "sweet". For context, sweet is generally used upon encountering ...
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Difference between “mas” and “más”

What's the difference between mas and más? What rules should I follow to know which one to use? Could you provide examples showing their uses?
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Why would “breakfast” be translated as “lunch”?

In the English (original) of "Treasure Island" (1883) this passage appears: At last in strode the captain, slammed the door behind him, without looking to the right or left, and marched straight ...
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Is this a mistranslation due to misunderstanding the British accent and English contractions?

In "Treasure Island" this: "I have a son of my own," said he, "as like you as two blocks, and he's all the pride of my 'art. ...is translated as: Yo tengo un hijo de tu edad, añadió, que se te ...
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¿Como se contestan preguntas que llevan un “no” al inicio?

El español es mi idioma nativo, pero siempre he tenido esta duda, por ejemplo, si yo le pregunto a alguien: ¿Tienes frío? Esta persona podría contestar Sí. No. Sí, si tengo frío. No, no tengo ...
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When is ponerse valid to use as the equivalent of the English word “to become”?

I know ponerse can sometimes be used as the equivalent for the English phrase to become in the sense of I became angry --> me puse enojado but can it be used in the sense of I want to to become a ...
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How can I translate “un ámbito cerrado” into English?

Here's a poem by Borges that I tried to translate into English: A Un Gato No son más silenciosos los espejos ni más furtiva el alba aventurera; eres, bajo la luna, esa pantera que nos es ...
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Subjunctive with antes

I recently heard a native speaker say "Te hubieras ido antes." I was confused because it seems to be describing an event that occurred in the past, so it would be a completed action, so I ...
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¿Cuáles son sinónimos de “ni fu ni fa”?

Mis diccionarios me dan unas variantes: 1. así así 2. regular 3. sin pena ni gloria 4. medianamente 5. así no más 6. tal cual (tal por cual) 7. de por ahí 8. de tres al cuatro 9. como el tiempo malo ...
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Which style of hat represents the Spanish language the best?

Spanish, as most know (and probably all who are reading this), is spoken in many countries, but the cultures of the speakers differ widely, especially between Spain and Latin America. What I want to ...
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Algunas manzanas / Unas manzanas

Objective Confirm the difference between 'Algunas' and 'unas' which both mean "some". Question Please confirm if my understanding is correct. "Algunas manzanas" is about the apples known to the ...
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Would 'quién' be used here or 'quien'?

No tengo a nadie con quien practicar. Would quién be used here or quien? Guides online that explain the difference are a little hard for me to understand. Which is grammatical?
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Where else 'Se' in comerse will be used

Objective Clarify the grammar and the objective of se in comerse/beberse Clarify which other verbs can take se for the same objective Related article El uso de "comerse" ...
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Does “Eso no es nada” mean “That is nothing” or does it mean “That is not nothing”?

In Treasure Island, there is this passage: "This is nothing," he said as soon as he had closed the door. "I have drawn blood enough to keep him quiet awhile; he should lie for a week where he ...
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Question word used as a noun

Buenas tardes, En algunos programas españoles que he visto, a menudo se dice "No tienes por qué" o "No tiene dónde ir." He aprendido que las palabras "por qué", "dónde", etc. se usan para preguntas, ...
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Is there a way to differentiate between uncles, aunts, grandparents?

My wife told me that in Persian/Farsi, there are different words for "uncle", "aunt", "grandfather" and "grandmother" that indicate which side of the family they are from (father's brother, or ...
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¿Qué sígnifica “¿Quién se anima?” en castellano?

What would be the best translation for the aforementioned phrase in English? I have asked friends and they have trouble explaining the correct English translation.
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How to translate “Personal care service”?

I was wondering how would you translate the field of study Personal care service to spanish. In a database I have, one variable is Field or subject with highest qualification and one possible ...
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66 views

¿Qué verbo se usa con la palabra “reflejo”?

¿Cuál es el verbo más apropiado para usar con el sustantivo "reflejo" (en el significado número 7 de la RAE)? Esto me provoca el reflejo vomitivo. Esto me causa el reflejo vomitivo. Esto ...
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Adjective in “buena casa”

Is una buena casa or una casa bien preferred when you want to write "good house"? What is the difference between bien and buen?
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Why are both “Presidente” and “Presidenta” accepted as correct translations?

Duolingo wanted me to choose between multiple options for the translation of "She is the president of that organization". I chose "Ella es la presidente de esa organización" but it was counted as ...
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What does the saying CON VALOR mean?

What does the saying CON VALOR mean? I am translating a title of a report and the client wants to emphasize corporate core values: el título refiere a Valor económico, Valor de valores corporativos, ...
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Difference between 頼む and 聞く [migrated]

Is there any difference between 頼む and 聞く? I've checked a few dictionaries, and it seems to me that maybe 頼む is more humble and 聞く more generic. Would that be it? Are they generally ...
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What is the difference between “De nada” and “No hay de qué”?

I am learning Spanish and ran across "De nada" and "No hay de qué". Both mean "You're welcome" . What's the difference?
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Spanish for “file”

I have come across fichero and archivo although the latter seems more ubiquitous. Is there any difference in usage? Or is it just a matter of personal preference? Also, if archivo is file, what's the ...
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Meaning of “pero de corazón”

Considering the following dialog, what does "pero de corazón" mean here? A: -Soy de España, claramente. B: -Yo soy de España pero de corazón. I'm very new to Spanish so when I found all the ...
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How to say “I don't need change” politely when paying a bill [duplicate]

In French, when we pay cash for a meal at the restaurant, we use the expression "c'est complet" (lit. está completo) to signify that the difference between the price of the meal and the amount left in ...

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