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How does the conditional form separate the four words it translates to?

From my understanding, the conditional form is a way of adding would, could, should and probably before a verb that it is conjugating. Although these 4 phrases are related, aren't they 4 different ...
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¿Cuándo se utiliza «primer» y «primero»?

¿Por qué se dice primero en primero plato y no primer como en primer numero? ¿Cuál es la diferencia? Estoy confundido
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Should this be imperfect or preterite form?

Muestra Paul cuando fue más joven. or Muestra Paul cuando era más joven. I want to say, It shows when Paul was younger. It's for a tv show which is showing a character from another show but ...
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What is the basic necessary grammar I would need to tackle for Spanish fluency?

I know there are a ton of verb tenses. But what is the basic necessary grammar I would need to nail down to speak, write and understand Spanish fluently? I've got flashcards. My list so far: ...
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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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Origen de Carmelita como color?

En mi país Cuba para referirnos al color marrón nosotros decimos carmelita, he notado que por ejemplo en Colombia y México nunca me entendieron cuando lo mencionaba y tenía que decir color café o ...
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Under what circumstances would I use “que”?

For example if I wanted to say 'I would develop a system that would make kids want to learn', I would say 'desarrollaría un sistema que haría los niños quieren aprender.' However the ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre tú, usted y vos?

He oído las palabras "tú", "usted", y "vos", pero la traducción de todas esas palabras al inglés es la misma: "you". ¿Cuándo es mejor usar "tú" o "vos" en vez de "usted", o viceversa?
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¿Cuál es una traducción apropiada para “Thinking out of the box”?

El otro día, resolviendo con los compañeros de trabajo una serie de problemas, me vino a la cabeza la expresión Thinking out of the box (o thinking outside the box). Esta expresión viene a significar ...
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how do you say today in spanish [on hold]

I really need this cool website because i'm 11 years old and i don't want to failing school and i am doing very well in school and i always get my homework done but some of the question's are wrong.
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¿Qué significa “nadie pela la plata a los dientes”?

Me dicen que "nadie pela la plata a los dientes" es una expresión mexicana pero no sé que significa. ¿Me podrían por favor explicar su significado?
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What does “100tifiko” mean?

I keep seeing the phrase yo k se, no soy 100tifiko on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube comments. I understand what means yo que se, no soy ... It could be something like I don't know, I am not ..., but I ...
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“Vegetable”: verdura vs. vegetal

What is the difference between verduras and vegetales? In what situations can one be used as a translation for "vegetables" and the other cannot?
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¿Cómo se dice “bootstrap” en castellano?

En el mundo de la informática se utiliza mucho el término bootstrap (últimamente para referirse a Twitter bootstrap). Veo que la traducción más directa es el de "lengüeta de zapatos", es decir, la ...
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How to loosely open a question

I was just wondering how the best way to open a question in Spanish is in a loose, somewhat respectful and more conversational manner. An example lies in that prior sentence. Instead of asking: ...
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What does “parce” mean?

I'm not from Colombia but I have some Colombian colleagues. I wonder, what does "parce" means? They use it quite like a word that can be substituted by "compadre", or in English, "dude", "man", ...
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How to use “es” in Spanish as a translation for “it's”

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. As I understand it, es means it's Here are some sentences: No vale mucho – It’s not worth much No, no vale la pena – No, it’s not ...
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Which is a better way to say “pardon me for my bad Spanish”?

On StackOverflow, posters often say something like, "Please excuse me for my poor English." On the Spanish version of the site, I sometimes want to write something similar. Which of the following ...
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¿Por qué la palabra “huida” no lleva tilde?

No entiendo por qué la palabra "huida" no lleva tilde. Si "caída" la lleva, ¿por qué esta no si al fin y al cabo suenan igual? Veamos si analizo bien la situación. La palabra se separa en sílabas ...
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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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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 words ...
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¿Se puede usar el indirecto para contestar a “qué”?

No sé si es correcto decir: “¿Qué quieres? → a Emma.” ¿Se puede usar la forma indirecta para contestar esta pregunta?
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¿Se debe usar el indicativo o el subjuntivo en esta pregunta?

Hace unos meses, se hizo esta pregunta: ¿Cuál es la palabra más larga en español que no repite ninguna letra? En un comentario pregunté si sería mejor usar el subjuntivo —es decir, emplear repita en ...
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What are the acceptable ways to say, “I have no idea.”?

Are the following sentences acceptable was to say, "I have no idea": No tengo idea. No tengo ni idea. No tengo nada de idea. Are there any additional ways to express this?
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¿Cuál es el origen del modismo «tener que ver con»?

Tener que ver con significa tener una relación/relevancia/conexión lógica con. Por ejemplo: La caída del IBEX no tiene nada que ver con la situación de España Pero no es claro lo que ver ...
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»solía« y »pretérito imperfecto«

Dadas las expresiones: Me gustaba algo. Me solía gustar algo. ¿Es equivalente la forma solía y el pretérito imperfecto? Pareciera que sí, es como descomponer gustaba = solía gustar en donde ...
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»No sé español« vs »No hablo español«

What's the difference between no sé español and no hablo español? It seems to be the case that people don't say the former, however we can say "I don't know Spanish" in English. Moreover it appears ...
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Can someone help me understand the translation for “to be good at (something)”?

I'm working through a Level A1 Spanish course at Memrise.com. I came across an idiom that boggles me: First, the basics: se (a alguien) dar bien (algo) | to be good (at something) And then some ...
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Pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo para el condicional

Siempre se usa si + pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo para empezar la cláusula condicional. Como por ejemplo si tuviera dinero, si fuera rico, si pudiera, etc. ¿Por qué estas expresiones se ...
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How do you say “carpet” in Mexican Spanish?

The carpet I am referring to is a large cloth that spans the entire room. It is not an area rug. I have a Mexican contractor that is renovating my house. When referring to carpet, I always say to ...
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Subjuntivo de 'traer'

En las afirmaciones: Te dije que no lo trajeras. Te dije que no lo traigas. ¿Cuál es su interpretación? Si tengo Te dije que no lo trajeras = Igual lo traje. Te dije que no ...
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¿Por qué decimos una canción es “de” un artista y en cambio un libro es “por” un autor?

En Inglés, decimos una canción es "by" un artista y un libro es "by" un autor. No entiendo la razón de la diferencia en Español. ¿Hay una regla para esto o es algo que sólo tengo que memorizar? ...
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¿Cuáles funciones tiene “se” dentro de un análisis sintático? [closed]

Ahora estoy estudiando análisis sintático para el próximo día. En ciertas frases, aparece la palabra "se". He entendido que esta palabra designa a muchas funciones en el análisis de oraciones. Este ...
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¿Cuáles son los otros usos, orígenes y significados de la expresión “Ave María”?

Mientras navegaba por diferentes sitios web de Stack Exchange, he encontrado que la expresión ave maría tiene los siguientes usos: Nombre de la oración católica dirigida a la Virgen María. En ...
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Poker terms in Spanish?

I am a native Spanish speaker that lives in the US. I don't get to practice often, but I do alright with my skills. But I'm not good at knowing words for specific hobbies/industries. I am working on a ...
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What does ¡palabra! mean as an interjection?

In Huevos Verdes Con Jamón, there is a line that reads Juan Ramón - "¿Podrías comerlos con una cabra?" Unnamed Protagonist - "No podría, ¡Palabra! comerlos con una cabra." I understand that ...
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Is there something deeper behind the “verb classes swapping” of the subjunctive endings?

In Spanish (and also in Latin, and most of Romance languages, too) the present subjunctive is formed by a kind of swapping the indicative endings between the verb declension classes: the 1st class ...
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Gender-Number Agreement with Feminine Adjectives

I take a beginners spanish course in school and came across this blip one day. I was trying to describe a girl in a photo wearing pink socks as la niña lleva calcetines rosas. My teacher then said ...
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¿Fuera vs. Afuera?

Soy un estudiante que está sacando AP Spanish en mi último año de escuela secundaria. Si no es obvio, el español no es mi primer idioma, y por lo general el nivel de AP es una de las asignaturas más ...
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¿En la mañana o en las mañanas?

I am a non-native speaker who is trying to learn basic Spanish. I am currently using Fluencia as my method to acquire the knowledge. I noticed that the site sometimes offers "en la mañana" and "en ...
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Why do they say 'un día domingo' in Spanish?

Is there a technical linguistic term for this? It seems unusual to use two nouns, 'day', and 'Saturday', back to back. Where can I learn more about this?
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How does one emphasize something in Spanish?

Consider the following sentence: I'm in your country, therefore I'll speak Spanish. Notice the emphasis is on 'your'. How would this translate to Spanish?
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The Origin of Vale for OK

I've been watching a Spanish telenovela to practice my Spanish comprehension. I was hoping Español de España would be easier for me to understand, but no such luck. The word vale is used a lot. When I ...
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When is it appropriate to say “buenos días”?

English 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 ...
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What is the rule/reason behind usage of “de” vs “del”

In Spanish, many words are composed of two nouns, e.g., el suelo del bosque - the forest floor el salto de agua - the waterfall la copa del árbol - the tree top My problem is that I sometimes ...
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Meaning of “de más”

I cannot find meaning of "de más" in dictionary. Trying to translate this sentence: Y lo que opinen los demás está de más What is the meaning? It is from the song of Mecano, if you need more ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “paquete chileno”?

Hace algunas semanas, revisaba videos en Youtube del humorista Gerly Hassan. En una de sus presentaciones en el programa Sábados Felices del Canal Caracol, hizo referencia a la expresión paquete ...
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Total vs. Totales

I was just discussing this with a co-worker of mine. He wanted to use the word "totales" and I didn't think that was correct, so I immediately went to RAE to check but RAE didn't mention anything ...
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¿“Mil nueve” para indicar 1900?

Estaba ayer viendo una película argentina ("Nueve Reinas", del año 2000, por si eso condiciona de alguna forma) cuando observé una forma diferente de llamar los años: Para decir el año 1920 decían ...
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When a movie is dubbed in Spanish, there is only one version or several?

I know that there are differences in Spanish according to where it's spoken. So when I am trying to train my listening skills with a movie, should I consider possible different versions of Spanish or ...

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