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“Calzas” vs. “medias”

What's the difference? The dictionary says both mean socks or stockings. If they really refer to the same thing, what's the regional usage for Mexico and Latin America in general?
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Use of 'desdecirse'

I was reading an article that included the term: decdecirse y que no termine de comprometer ni de obligar a desdecirse a ninguno de los dos. I am having trouble understanding how the term is ...
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¿Cómo se dice “dismissed”, en el contexto de una formación de soldados?

Estoy buscando la palabra o expresión que utilizaría un militar dirigiéndose a un grupo de soldados en formación, para indicarles que quedan "libres", por ejemplo para irse a sus dormitorios. Creo que ...
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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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¿Cuál es un equivalente para “it follows” en español?

¿Cuál es un equivalente para "it follows" en español? Caso de uso: Since x is greater than 2, it follows that x is greater than 1. Y la traducción: Dado que x es mayor que 2, ____ x es ...
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Matemáticas o Matemática

If I am trying to say: Mathematics is a very interesting subject Which of these would be: Matemáticas son muy interesantes Matemáticas es muy interesante Matemática es muy ...
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La llave vs. la clave

Nevermind the fact that these two words are both irregularly feminine I was always taught in school that llave is key, like the kind you use to open doors / crank a vehicle, etcetera. Though when I ...
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Is it OK to end a sentence with an object pronoun (e.g. “He aprendido mucho de los”)

I'm trying to tell someone that I've learned a lot from a set of videos and books: "Thanks a lot for your excellent books and videos. I have learned a lot from them." and so my attempted translation ...
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Why would “water” not be translated?

In "The Grapes of Wrath" there's a scene where they're talking about toilets. When the water in the toilet is discussed, in the translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira"), the word is not translated (to ...
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El chiste implicito en “Pareces fria, sujeta”

Vi una composición de Les Luthiers en la obra Hacen Muchas Gracias de Nada que se llama El Rey Enamorado (ve al segmento que comienza en el minuto 4:30). En el mintuto 9:20 comienza una canción muy ...
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Word order of questions

After reading: ¿Qué hace tu padre? ¿Cuándo trabaja tu hermana? I would think: ¿Por qué es vendedora tu madre? is the appropriate word order but it turns out to be ¿Por qué es tu madre ...
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¿Cuál es la regla para asignar el género a cantidades numéricas?

Hace unos días pregunté sobre el caso de Millonas. Sé que es un dísparate por decirlo del alguna manera. ¿Cómo lo sé? Por intuición, no sabría explicarlo mas que me suena a un dísparate. En ...
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How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish?

How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish? Celular acaba de morir. Is acaba de the right expression? And is "die" translated literally or idiomatically in this context?
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What's the correct Spanish word to mean “as” in this context

Words like "as" have many definitions, so I'm having difficulty finding the Spanish word that would make sense in this sense: "Where are you going?" John asked as Mary grabbed her keys. I first ...
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Better translation of the word 'estafa" in reference to a female

I heard a women described as "una estafa" in Spanish (from Spain) and my translation is roughly "a fraud". So, beyond being a fraud, does the speaker mean anything else in regards to her ...
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Connotations of “mortal” (slang)

What does the Spanish word mortal mean when used as slang? Does it have a positive or negative connotation towards the thing being described?
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¿Hay alguna palabra en castellano para referirse a “timing”?

Con frecuencia leo frases en inglés que mencionan "timing". Por ejemplo: The wedding had a a very good timing: no hurries, time for everything Con "timing", si lo entiendo bien, se habla de la ...
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Difference between “coche” and “carro”

I have always wondered what is the difference between coche and carro. I have done some googling on it but still can't understand. Can anyone explain what is the difference between coche and carro ...
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How do you express attraction to someone (like a crush)

How do you say I have a crush on you/her/him/them (you in its tú / Usted forms) ?
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Imperative with gustar

How would you use the imperative for the verb "gustar"? For example, commanding someone to like the food. Like the food. Would that be something like Gústete la comida. In that sentence, ...
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Dormitorio vs recámara vs alcoba vs habitación

What are the differences among these words? The dictionary says they all mean "bedroom"; I suspect it's a regional/dialectical thing. What are these words used for in your country/region and which of ...
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¿Existe una regla para el uso de mayúsculas en títulos?

Cuando escribo títulos en español, lo hago normalmente usando las reglas de Oxford, pero algunas características solo se aplican al ingles. ¿Existe una guía para escribir títulos de artículos, ...
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What am I doing when I use the subjunctive?

If we limit our view to the present tense, how can I fill in the blanks succinctly? When I use the indicative mood, I am indicating that something happens. When I use the subjunctive mood, ...
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Single or multiple word names of numbers

Should numbers above 15 be spelled as a single word (diecisiete, veintidos, etc.) or multiple words (diez y siete, veinte y dos, etc). Does the Real Academia Española have a official opinion on the ...
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Best translation of “accountability”

In conversations about the hardest words or phrases to translate well from Spanish to English, the word "accountability" has repeatedly come up. I have seen the phrase "financial accountability" ...
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Syntax of the sentence ''Me voy''

"Me voy" means "I'm leaving". The subject of the verb "voy" is "yo" and it is omitted. Is the reflexive pronoun "me" the object of the verb? And if so, why is it essential to use "me" when the ...
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¿Puede “hopefully” traducirse como “ojalá”?

Buscando la traducción de "hopefully" en WordReference veo que se menciona con suerte con optimismo Sin embargo, me pregunto: ¿podría también traducirse como "ojalá"? Según la RAE, esta es su ...
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How can I raise my Spanish listening skills from high school level to the level where you can understand everyday talks? [closed]

With reading and writing aside, listening and speaking a language is what I am now focusing on. People are suggesting me to keep listening to soundtracks and maybe download some music. But I think ...
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¿Por qué “había” lleva tilde? ¿Acaso no se pronunciaría de la misma forma si no la tuviese?

Según lo que he leído "había" lleva tilde para romper el diptongo pero en caso de que la palabra no tuviese tilde, no se sobreentiende que si no lleva tilde en la "a" se prenunciara igual a que si ...
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Validez del término “Inmessionante”

Background: El año pasado leí una noticia sobre la inclusión de una palabra al diccionario Santillana. Se trata del término "Inmessionante", el cual fue creado en un intento de definir la manera de ...
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¿Se dice “ellos tocan flautas” o “ellos tocan flauta”?

En esta respuesta se puede encontrar el siguiente ejemplo: Vio a una mujer y a un hombre tocando flautas traversas. Mi impresión inicial fue que el plural en flautas era incorrecto, siendo la ...
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How do I say 'Silly me' in Spanish?

How do I say 'Silly me' in Spanish? Yo tonto! Olvide mi móvil !
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Is capitalisation of 'Yo' not important?

In English, it is necessary to capitalize 'I' no matter where it lies in the sentence. I am curious to know if this rule applies to Yo in Spanish.
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Adjective for fried food

Español El día de ayer estuve discutiendo con un amigo sobre como llamar a las comidas que estan fritas. ¿Llamas al pollo "frito" o "freido"? El pollo está frito El pollo está freido Para ...
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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¿Cuándo se le pone tilde a más? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “mas” and “más” The question is quite simple. When does mas have an accent? Mas can mean more but it has other meanings as well. Can someone ...
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Translation of “Take ___ for granted”

I have heard this phrase a lot of times before in forms like: Take (anything) for granted. Don't take (anything) for granted. I'm not sure about how to translate it: Dar (algo) por ...
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Names of children's games

There are many children's games that are played throughout many parts of the world. Do the following games exist in Spanish-speaking countries, and, if so, what are they called? (I found many of these ...
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Translating “How long does it take to get from <here> to <there>?”

What is the most natural and common way to ask how much time it takes to get from one location to another? For example: How long does it take to get from Guadalajara to Mexico City? How long does it ...
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Placement of adjectives in Spanish [duplicate]

I know that in Spanish adjectives go after the nouns which they describe, as opposed to English where adjectives go before. So it is correct to say "la casa roja" in Spanish as "the red house" in ...
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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

I'm writing a novel. One of the characters is a U. S. born teenage boy (living in Texas) whose mother is Mexican. Which of the following words would be more suitable for the boy to address his mom ...
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Best translation of “binoculars”: gemelos, binoculares, or prismáticos

Wiktionary lists three possible translations for "binoculars": gemelos binoculares prismáticos Google translate prefers binoculares, but also offers prismáticos as an alternative. Which is the ...
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Confusión sobre ciertas palabras que no están en el DRAE

Estoy pensando en la palabra "ofidiofilia", que, de acuerdo a la definición de filia, es el amor o atracción por las serpientes. Al buscar esta palabra en el DRAE, me aparece que la palabra no existe. ...
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“significado” vs. “significación”

When would one use significado and when significación? What are the nuances of meaning of these two?
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How are subscripts and superscripts read in Spanish?

How should I pronounce subscripts and superscripts when read in Spanish mathematics? For example, how should I say "A1" and "A1"?
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Do I use “pelo” or “pelos”?

In German you say "sich die Haare schneiden". You use the plural of hair in this case, on the other hand in English you say "to cut hair", you use the singular. How is it handled in Spanish? "cortar ...
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What's the most appropriate way to stop someone on the street and ask if they speak English?

I learned I can do it in following ways: ¿Disculpe, hablas tú inglés? ¿Disculpe, tú hablas inglés? ¿Disculpe, habla usted inglés? ¿Disculpe, usted habla inglés? ¿Disculpe, hablas inglés? ...
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What do Chingón and Chinga mean?

What is the difference between Chingón and Chinga? Are they both bad words in Mexico?
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La diferencia entre “He” y “Hay”

What is the difference between He and Hay? I always hear the phrase Hay mucha información but I just saw the phrase He aquí algunos gráficos.... ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre he y hay? Por ejemplo, ...

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