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How are «parecer», «semejante», and «similar» used to express sameness?

What is the difference between different ways of expressing similarity? I see things like, La niña parece a su hermana. Compró dos vestidos semejantes. Quiere una fiesta de cumpleaños similar a la ...
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Was the word “bomb” only used as slang in Chile and only in the '80s?

In the hit novel Mala honda by Chilean author Alberto Fuguet I remember the word "bomb" being used a lot. It's obviously a slang word. I think it was only used in dialogue. I got the impression it ...
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¿Por qué decimos “o sea” para expresar “es decir”?

Con frecuencia decimos "o sea" para conectar dos frases, normalmente la segunda siendo una explicación o consecuencia de la primera. Mañana me voy a la playa, o sea que nada de llamarme al móvil. ...
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What is the difference between “abajo,” “debajo,” and “bajo?”

I see some conflicting information out there on the web regarding this topic, especially with regard to which of these can and cannot pair with "de." I wrote a post on it, but when I consulted with ...
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¿Me podríais explicar por favor por qué en esta frase se emplea el subjuntivo?

Entonces se iba feliz a su casa para no seguir desafiando al azar, pero después se sentía enloquecer de ansiedad porque volvieran a ser todo el día las cinco de la tarde de todos los días. ...
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¿Por qué llamamos “tirillas” a alguien que es “poca cosa”?

Me gusta mucho la palabra tirillas: tirillas Tb. tirilla. Del dim. de tira. m. y f. coloq. Persona delgada y endeble. U. t. c. adj. Se usa en España (no sé si en otros ...
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Categoría gramatical de “que” o “para” en algunas frases

Considera las siguientes oraciones: I have something to say. I have work to do. En español: Tengo algo que decir. Tengo tarea que hacer. Entiendo que también se podrían escribir ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “aparte” y cuándo “a parte”?

Escribí una respuesta hace poco y Gorpik me corrigió una frase: Bromas a parte, sí tiene diferencia, aunque no mucha. y lo dejó (correctamente) en: Bromas aparte, sí tiene diferencia, aunque ...
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¿Cuál es origen de la expresión “¡qué pasada!”?

Con frecuencia en España se dice "¡Qué pasada!" para referirse a algo excepcionalmente bueno e incluso sorprendente. Juan corrió la maratón en menos de tres horas, ¡qué pasada! La atracción ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “compuesto” en la expresión “compuesto y sin novia”?

De golpe me vino a la cabeza la expresión "compuesto y sin novia" (con todas sus posibles combinaciones de "compuesto/a", "novio/a"). El "Abecedario de dichos y frases hechas" de Guillermo Suazo ...
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“To suggest/To propose” something in Spanish

I'm writing an email where I'd like to say: "I suggest we meet at the same time and place, only change the day to Friday." The verb offered by translation software is sugerir. In the definition ...
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Insultos blandos pero coloridos

Tengo una gran colección de novelas juveniles ilustradas en formato de comic (Dickens, Dumas, Salgari, Twain, Verne, etc.) Tienen unos 40 años y el texto está escrito en Barcelona (creia que eran ...
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Participating in a Spanish proficiency test?

I speak Spanish daily now, but feel I'm not learning many new things any more (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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'Controlar' en lenguaje formal

En el Metro de Madrid, así como en otros lugares en España, aconsejan al usuario por megafonía que "Controle sus pertenencias en todo momento, por su seguridad." Me da la impresión de que Controlar, ...
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Translating a text from the XV century to modern Spanish

Important update: I am moving the problem of translating this document to this other thread, which is the original thread that was asked in the History SE site and has now been migrated to Spanish ...
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How to defeat the barrier of trilling r

I have begun to learn Spanish and spent a good amount of time in Spain, but locals fail to be able to explain how to trill 'r's. I presume that it is because they learn from birth and therefore it is ...
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Gramática: “tengo miedo que” y “tengo miedo y creer que”

Se dice que: tengo miedo de que + verbo subjuntivo e.g. Pero tuve miedo que no pudiera o pudiese dormir bien... tengo miedo y pensar/creer que + verbo conditional e.g. Pero tuve miedo y ...
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What does “les” mean here?

Please read the following sentence: Tras años de litigios, en tres semanas, esas monedas de oro y plata estarán en donde les corresponde es decir, en nuestro país. What does "les" mean? If ...
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What is an expression in parentheses in the middle of a phrase called?

While I was reading the newspaper today I stumbled against something that is quite common and a bit obscure in writing in spanish. It comes from this opinion column. (The opinion and debate exposed ...
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Origin of the expression “echarse un coyotito”

I have learned that in many parts of Mexico this is a commonly used expression meaning to go to sleep: Me voy a echar un coyotito. ¿Por qué no echas un coyotito? Is this expression ...
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How widespread is the use of “hais” instead of the correct “habeis”

After living in Andalucia, Spain, for a number of years I realised my use of "hais" for the second person informal plural (vosotros) of haber instead of "habeis" is incorrect. I don't know where I ...
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What does “llevarle su vida” mean?

In a recent conversation with a native speaker from the Dominican Republic, she used the phrase "llevarle su vida". In the context, I took this to mean "live his/her life for him/her" or be ...
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How to translate “quiver”? (mathematics)

In mathematics a quiver is a multidigraph. It is a directed graph that allows multiple arrows and loops. The non-mathematical Wikipedia article on the quiver, corresponds to the Spanish article on ...
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¿Se recurre a la retórica y otros recursos lingüísticos embellecedores con más frecuencia en español que en inglés?

¿Será que los hispanoablantes nativos hacemos más uso de recursos literarios en chats, foros etc. que como se acostumbra en el idioma inglés? ¿A qué se deberá esto? Actualización: Por ejemplo al ...
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What is the etymology of the “diéresis” or “crema”?

This entry of the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas explains the uses of the diéresis or crema (the ¨ mark) in Spanish (it is mandatory over a u to indicate that this vowel must be pronounced in the ...
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Tanto X como Y - ¿importa el orden?

Estoy traduciendo una frase de inglés: Instructions are available in both English and Spanish. La estructura que me parece más natural para este uso de both es tanto ... como ...: Las ...
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A good word for “quest” in Spanish

The translation for Quest is "búsqueda" but it just does not work properly. In English we say "I'm on a quest for the holy grail" this is not quite the same as "I'm searching for the holy grail." So ...
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What does the word “pinche” mean?

What does the word pinche mean? ¡Pinche loco! ¡Pinche! ¿Cuál es el significado de la palabra pinche? ¡Pinche loco! ¡Pinche!
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Is it important to place question and exclamation marks at the start of sentence? [duplicate]

I'm very much new to Spanish. I'm seeing exclamation and question marks are being placed on both the places, at the start and at the end of the sentence (the one at the start is upside down to the ...
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How to translate “for dummies” to something more polite than “para tontos”?

English The title Windows 10 para Tontos sounds a bit harsh to me. Is there a different, more polite way to say Windows 10 for Dummies? Español El título Windows 10 para Tontos me suena un poco ...
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“You are welcome” in Spanish

There is something I was told when I was in Spain that I now doubt and I'd like to ask for some precisions. When someone tells us "Thank you", we can say in English : You are welcome Or in ...
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“Fall in love with” (non-romantic)

English: In English, you can use the phrase "to fall in love with" with people who you aren't literally in love with. For example, when talking about children, you might say: You just fall in ...
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Exception to the Phonetic Rule

As we all know that Spanish is a Phonetic Language, i.e. the way it's written is the way it's pronounced. I am just curious to know if there are any exceptions to this phonetic rule. I mean, when we ...
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How can you translate the word “whatsoever” to spanish?

I've been struggling to find an accurate expression that translates to Spanish the word "whatsoever".
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¿Cómo se pronuncia RAE?

En el lenguaje hablado, ¿cómo se pronuncia las siglas RAE (Real Academia Española)? ¿Es con letras separadas, como si fuera una palabra unida, o algo más?
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Is there a Spanish word for “typo”?

In English we use "typo" quite extensively to indicate a little error that was done due to inaccuracy while typing. Like: He wrote my name as Jhon instead of John. It must have been a typo. I ...
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Translation of “should have”

What are the possible translations of "should have", as in "I should have told you earlier"? What are the differences between "debería (de)", "debí (de)", "debiera (de)", "debía (de)", etc.?
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How do you say in castellano/Spanish “Jump on one leg”?

How do you say in imperative form that someone should jump on one leg? Is it: Da brincos en una pierna Da brincos de una pierna Da saltos en una pierna Or is it totally different? How?
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Spanish for “some” in this context

How would one translate the following sentence into Spanish? I made some hot chocolate for the kids. My attempt is: Preparé chocolate caliente para los niños. But I am unable to figure out ...
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¿Qué significa “dar el coñazo”?

Una señora española exclamó: ¡Ay, ya estoy dando el coñazo! Entiendo lo que significa la palabra coño, tanto literalmente como la interjección (y no creo que se refiera a la primera connotación)....
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Proper response to ¿Qué onda?

In parts of the Spanish-speaking world, "¿Qué onda?" is used to ask something along the lines of "What's up?". What are the possible responses to this question? Should it be answered with a bien/mal, ...
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¿Cómo se dice “play” en el contexto de música o un DVD?

En inglés usamos la palabra "play" para significar la acción de ver una película o de escuchar música. La usamos así: Can you play the movie? What song is playing? Pregunté un amigo latino ...
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Describing the common cold or flu in Spanish

In English, when talking about common viruses people often get, there are generally two categories: a cold is generally more mild and can come with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc. ...
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congratulations: felicidades vs. felicitaciones

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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Translation of 'I was the one who did it'

What's the correct way to translate 'I was the one who did it'? By a literal translation it would be: Yo fui el que lo hizo. However, I know in Spanish the verb is often made to agree with the ...
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“¿Qué te interesa?” or “¿Qué te interesan?”

To ask somebody about their interests in Spanish I understand you should say: ¿Qué te interesa? Would it ever be appropriate to say: ¿Qué te interesan? As if I was to ask such a general ...
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Proper response to “¿Qué me cuentas?”

What's the proper way to respond to the question ¿Qué me cuentas? It seems to often be used as a sort of "What's up?" type question, similar to ¿Como estas? or ¿Que tal? However, answering with ...
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Translation of “time-sensitive”

I have this sentence: Because this matter is time-sensitive, I need to be sure you will be available if needed. And I translated it as follows: Debido a que este asunto es ????, quiero ...
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¿“Feedback” en castellano?

La palabra inglesa "feedback" se usa muy extensamente en castellano para diferentes conceptos: Mecanismo por el cual un sistema se alimenta de sí mismo (algo circular). Proceso de obtención de ...

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