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How do you conjugate the first-person imperative? [duplicate]

In English, you can command yourself for encouragement. For example, when you're lifting weights in the gym, you can yell at yourself, "Focus! Come on! Do it!". However, in Spanish, the first-person ...
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280 views

Definition of “burris”

What is the meaning of burris? RAE and Google are no help. It seems to be a very slang term, and from context it relates to humor or sarcasm. It may be a Mexican term.
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Does the exclamation mark denote anger when used with a command?

I want to make it clear that I intend "Pasa la aspiradora en el dormitorio"" to mean "You, vacuum the bedroom" instead of "He vacuums the bedroom". Adding ¡! around the sentence would certainly turn ...
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5answers
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Difference between Spanish and Catalan

I recently went to Barcelona and found that the people there speak Catalan but not Spanish. Although, I did listen some words that are common in both Spanish and Catalan, still there was also a ...
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2answers
354 views

Meaning of “me suena mejor”

I've seen it in a few places now, most recently in this comment: a mi también me suena mejor, pero la RAE no tiene "acción de solicitar" como un significado de "solicitud" I googled suena and ...
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¿Por qué la gente se ríe cuando me presento como “Fénix, como el ave”?

Mi nombre es Fénix — muy raro aún en inglés. Cuando me presento a la gente en Suramérica, a menudo se malinterpreta mi nombre como "Felix". Entonces, me he acostumbrado presentarme así: "Soy Fénix, ...
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Exact meaning of “natural de” in a curriculum vitae?

In a Spanish-language curriculum vitae, I came across the item Natural de:, which I don't understand. It is in the "Personal Data" section (Datos personales).
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173 views

Word usage: “estar inquieto” y “estar preocupado”

Is there any difference between "estar inquieto" y "estar preocupado"? Are they referring to different degrees of worry? Update: (Could you please verify the differences in meaning between the ...
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How do you introduce yourself on the phone?

In United States, a telephone conversation usually starts like this. Me: [Calls John] John: Hello. Me: Hi, John. It's Joe. This is between 2 people that are familiar with each other, ...
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2answers
261 views

¿Qué quiere decir “engatillado”?

Sé lo que dice el RAE sobre la palabra. Sobre los animales y sobre la chapa. Pero cuando alguien me dice: Chepe estabas engatillado! Eso ¿qué quiere decir? La expresión viene de Colombia.
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El Tigre - slang meaning?

When I was in the Dominican, I heard men referred to as 'tigres'... I took it to mean that they were flirts, but I never really got a good definition. Can anyone explain how calling a man a tigre ...
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1answer
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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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What's the meaning of “carne mechada”?

My friend and I were discussing 'carne mechada' - I've only ever heard the word in conversation and I thought it meant 'mixed' but according to our google searching it's a little more specific. Can ...
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3answers
641 views

El significado de “nunca nadie”

La combinación "Nunca nadie" significa que nunca hay alguien, al menos así lo usa la gente... Pero el significado gramatical será lo contrario, ¿verdad? ¿O hay alguna regla gramatical que dice que los ...
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¿Qué significa “a poco”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "a poco" usada en México? Por ejemplo: ¿A poco? ¿A poco sí?/¿A poco no? ¿A poco no has hecho la tarea?
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Is colegiala a type of flower?

A native speaker in Colombia showed me a flower and told me it was called a colegiala, but the only translation I can find is schoolgirl or female college student. Also, I haven't been able to find ...
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575 views

How does one say “It's not nothing.”

In English, we can express the idea that something is not negative, such as: A: What's in the box? B: Oh, nothing. A: It's not nothing! In English, the double negative (not and nothing) ...
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574 views

Word usage: difference between “bailar” and “danzar”

Is there any difference between "bailar" and "danzar"?
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What is the difference between “congestión del tráfico” and “congestión de tráfico”?

What is the difference between these? congestión del tráfico. congestión de tráfico. Thank you in advance!
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Gramatica: if the sentence is correctly written [closed]

Could you please advise if the following sentence is correctly written? La señal advierte al público que las fuertes lluvias probablemente trajeron consigo seria inundación de carretera y ...
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2answers
182 views

¿Cual es el orden apropiado para un substantivo con adjetivo y/o participio + “de”?

Se trata, por ejemplo, de un paciente que saldrá del hopital donde fue curado de una enfermedad. El hospital ha sido recientemente abierto, y el paciente es satisfecho. En este caso, ¿cuáles son las ...
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2answers
189 views

“a” personal en “Yo les presento a mi novio a mis padres”?

Estaba viendo la pregunta sobre el "a" personal y empecé a estudiar un poco el asunto. Me quedé con la duda, que pasa con la "a" personal en caso de que se agregue a un objeto indirecto. Pensé en ...
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515 views

How to translate “if any”?

I'm translating a text and have a doubt. It says: Please add a copy of [some specific papers] (if any). I could mix up the sentence and say: "Si existen [...], añade una copia, por favor." But ...
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2answers
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What is the meaning of “palabra” in this context?

I came across this sentence while reading, and the use of 'palabra' doesn't make sense to me: Y no es que quiera irme; palabra. Although it brings up connotations of the very slang usage of word ...
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7answers
576 views

Difference between “acaso” and “quizá”

I understand that both Quizá and Acaso are translated to "Perhaps" or "Maybe" in English. Is there any difference between these two words in Spanish, other than quizá being apparently more common? Or ...
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1answer
149 views

How is the placement of this prepositional phrase grammatical?

I'm re-reading La Vida Inútil de Pito Pérez, this time making extra effort to understand the all the words and grammar, and I'm stumped in the second paragraph already, which is describing his ...
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1answer
62 views

Paisaje de siempre

I read a line the other day in Almudi.org that said Mi paisaje de siempre visto desde otra perspectiva the latter part means 'seen from another perspective'. I can't quite figure out what could ...
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3answers
438 views

Palabra correcta para describir la “acción de solicitar”

¿Cuál es la palabra correcta para describir la "acción de solicitar", según la RAE? ¿"Solicitación"?
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2answers
379 views

What is the history of the “personal a”?

What is the historical origin of the "personal a" in Spanish? Examples of the personal a: George sees Mary. -> Jorge ve a María. I see the waitress. -> Veo a la mesera. But with the exact ...
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1answer
111 views

Participating in a Spanish proficiency test?

I speak Spanish daily now, but feel I'm not learning many new things anymore (although there is still much for me to learn). As I will have some more time the coming months, I was thinking of taking ...
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2answers
462 views

To “have been told”

English I am often unsure how to translate the phrase to have been told into Spanish. For example, "I have been told that...". I normally translate that phrase to "Se me ha dicho que...", but I am ...
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Short form for “Indicaciones sobre la protección de datos”

As the title says, I need a short form for the phrase: "Indicaciones sobre la protección de datos" It shouldn't be longer than 3-4 words. Does anybody have an idea?
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1answer
131 views

List it or List this

Me gustaría saber cómo podría traducirse Lístalo. He pensando en List it y en List this pero no estoy seguro de cuál es la correcta (si acaso alguna lo es). Gracias.
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Ending a formal letter / Terminar una carta formal

English When writing a formal letter in English, I would normally end with something along the lines of I look forward to hearing from you [soon|as soon as possible|at your earliest convenience]. ...
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1answer
139 views

¿Es posible omitir “que” en “supongo que irás”?

Tengo el vicio de escribir "supongo irás mañana" o bien "creo te queda bien ese color". Sé que es correcto decir "supongo que irás mañana" y "creo que te queda bien ese color", pero no sé ...
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4answers
463 views

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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3answers
258 views

Is “Esas cestas son hechas de mano” correct?

I want to say "These baskets are made by hand". Is it correct to say: Esas cestas son hechas de mano.
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4answers
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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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4answers
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Identifying masculine and feminine words

Are there any tips to quickly identify words in Spanish as 'male' or 'female'? I am a new learner and have trouble with this.
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0answers
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When do you use 'para' and when do you use 'por'? [duplicate]

How do you know when to use 'para' and when do you use 'por'?
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2answers
286 views

Is it possible to use definite articles before proper nouns? If so, when?

I'm doing a Spanish project where we write a script for a commercial. First, we wrote it in English and now we have to translate to Spanish. So far, it's been okay, but I'm just not sure if I should ...
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2answers
168 views

El uso de “comerse”

Qué diferencias hay entre las oraciones siguientes : Así que empezaron a comerse las paredes de la casa. Así que empezaron a comer las paredes de la casa.
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Could General Pablo Morrillo have been misunderstood as saying “Spain does not need wise people.”?

According to wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Morillo "When Morillo ordered the execution of the Colombian scientist Francisco José de Caldas (known as El Sabio Caldas, "Wise Caldas") ...
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3answers
156 views

Indicative and subjunctive after time constructions

I have a few questions regarding the use of some verbs after time constructions like "tan pronto como" or "en cuanto." If I am saying.... Los domingos por la mañana vemos televisión. Tan pronto ...
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1answer
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¿Cuál es la palabra correcta, “membresía” o “membrecía”?

Cual es la forma correcta de escribir la siguiente palabra: MEMBRESÍA o MEMBRECÍA, según las normas de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española para el año actual (2013). Por favor incluir referencias ...
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1answer
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¿Qué significa la abreviatura “VoBo”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la abreviatura "VoBo"? ¿en qué casos se puede utilizar?
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4answers
259 views

“El hijo del sol es yo” or “El hijo del sol soy yo”?

How to speak the sentence: The son of the sun is me. in Spanish? I thought about: El hijo del sol es yo. at first, but Google Translation translates the sentence into El hijo del sol soy yo. I ...
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2answers
571 views

me/te/nos hace falta / passive form

So after reading this question I came up with a really bad doubt. In the past I was using quite often "(no) se hace falta" to say for instance, that "it is (not) necessary to", but I've by then been ...
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6answers
614 views

Why do you use “al” before a verb?

I understand that al is a combination of a + el when used before a noun, however in what situations would you use it in front of a verb, for instance 'Al llegar al tercer semaforo...'
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¿Qué significa la expresión “echar toda la carne al asador”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "echar toda la carne al asador"? Esta frase la he escuchado en México.

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