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Pasado perfecto de subjuntivo o indicativo

I need to use "pasado perfecto de subjuntivo" or "pasado perfecto de indicativo". I have three sentences with possible choices. Choices: sido, tomado, pasado, cambiado, tratado, tenido, conocido, ...
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Millones y Millonas

Viendo un video de Nicolas Maduro presidente de Venezuela el dice: Millones y millonas de Bolivar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrXQkPOvI7A en 0:42 ¿Es correcto decir millonas o es un modismo ...
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Cerca vs. acerca vs. cercano

What is the exact difference between these words? If I were to translate, for instance, “I am near the bank”, which one of the following would be the best way to go and why: Estoy cerca del banco. ...
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Uso de “promedio” como adjetivo

¿Existe la palabra promedio como adjetivo? EL sitio de DRAE dice que esta palabra no está registrada. (Lo irónico es que Google Translate y mi otro diccionario de Español-Inglés la registran, pero ...
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Meaning of “Eres touch?”

Saw this on Facebook today... what does it mean?
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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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Names of wedding reception and ceremony in Mexico

How do Mexicans refer to the wedding ceremony and the celebration following the wedding? I am attending a Mexican wedding and would like to refer to these events properly.
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Comida: picante vs picor

Hoy día escuché el término "comida sin picor" para referirse a "comida no picante". En mi caso nunca antes había escuchado el término "picor". ¿En qué países se usa el término "picor"? ¿Qué tan común ...
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De donde proviene la frase “cuide sus efectos personales”

En más de una ocasión he leído carteles que dicen algo como: [Por favor,] cuide sus efectos personales [, no nos responsabilizamos por pérdidas] O algunas variaciones siempre usando la palabra ...
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Gramática : Que

En la siguiente frase: Déjame que te lo cuente. ¿Podría quitar el "que"? ¿Por qué?
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Practicamos hablando

Hicimos muy pocos ejercicios y casi nunca practicamos hablando en español. Hicimos muy pocos ejercicios y casi nunca practicamos hablar en español. Dice que "practicamos hablando" no está ...
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Throughput in Spanish?

I just wanted to know the best (preferably a single-word) translation of the English word throughput. Would you opt for capacidad, rendimiento or función de transferencia? Thanks Artur
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If you need to clarify a speaker with a pronoun, do you need to clarify all verbs in the sentence with one?

The following is ambiguous: Mientras era feliz, eres cansado y era triste. If you want to clarifiy speakers by adding pronouns to the verbs, would you have to do it to all them, or only until ...
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Expressing past belief (creí vs. creía vs. pensé vs. pensaba)

When expressing in Spanish something that you believed or thought in the past, there are four options: Creí que ... Creía que ... Pensé que ... Pensaba que ... I learned that creía que was the ...
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Gender illusions?

This is a multiple question about genders. Recently I just wondered about this subject while writing and thought: Why is juez or concejal considered masculine while agente and detective are not? ...
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Does indirect speech in Spanish require changes in tense, mood, etc?

In German you have to use different moods, in English different tenses for verbs to mark indirect speech (speech where you are saying what was said or expressed): He said that he had painted the ...
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Idiomatic translation of “elevator pitch” [duplicate]

I was recently translating the "What does "beta" mean?" page in response to this meta question (improvements to my translation are encouraged!), and came across the following phrase: What’s the ...
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Gender agreement with “fin de semana”

Would it be el fin de semana próxima or el fin de semana próximo for next weekend? And how would you say last weekend in Spanish?
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¿En qué paises aplica la acepción anatómica de “pito”?

En el DRAE: Pito m. coloq. pene. Esta acepción es conocida en Argentina, pero por lo que me dijeron, no es universal, ni siquiera en Sudamérica. ¿Alguien sabe a qué países aplica y a ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “libertar”, y cuando “liberar”? ¿Qué diferencias hay entre las dos palabras?

¿Cuándo es mas apropiado usar "liberar" o "libertar"? ¿Qué diferencias hay entre las dos? Connotan algo distinto? Por ejemplo, Él los libertó de la esclavitud [o] Él los liberó de la esclavitud ...
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¿Cómo se escribe “x y y” ó “x e y”?, ¿“α o ω” ó “α u ω”?

Escribiendo textos con fórmulas matemáticas a menudo te encuentras con este tipo de problemas con los símbolos matemáticos. Pongo unos cuantos ejemplos: "... donde x e y son variables reales ..." ...
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¿Cuál es el gentilicio de las personas de Alaska?

¿Cuál es el gentilicio correcto para hacer referencia a las personas que viven en Alaska?
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¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión “mala copa”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión "mala copa"? Ejemplo: Anoche en la fiesta, Juan andaba de mala copa.
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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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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 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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Second person singluar imperative of a reflexive verb ending in a diphthong

The question is pretty much in the title. If I have the verb lavarse, I know to make the imperative I use lávate. But what to do with a verb like afeitarse? Is it afeitate? My spellcheck thinks ...
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Gramática: “te veo los ojos”

I have few questions: In the example "Te veo los ojos", in English that is "I see your eyes". te=your, right? If I change the sentence to "Se veo los ojos", then it will become "I see ...
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When is the indirect object pronoun required in sentences with an indirect object?

Spanish ¿Cuándo son necesarios en una frase los pronombres indirectos y cuándo son opcionales? Creo que aprendí en el colegio que se requieren siempre (por ejemplo, "le dije a ella que..." es ...
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Which language do I use to address Spanish speaker in America?

English Many times, I have wanted to start a conversation or ask a question of a stranger who I have seen speaking Spanish. Considering that I am in the United States, is it better to begin speaking ...
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What's the meaning of “hasta” in the following sentences?

What's the meaning of "hasta" in the following sentences? Hasta que te dignes a hacerme caso. Los resultados del examen se publicarán hasta febrero. Those have different meanings than the "hasta" ...
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Backchannels (listener responses) in Spanish

In linguistics, the term backchannel is used to describe the short words or sounds a listener makes during a conversation to acknowledge what the speaker is saying and make known that he is still ...
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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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¿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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“old car” slang [closed]

A friend from El Salvador reckoned an old car (i.e. one that's been around the block) is called una dama vivida, but I can't find any other reference to this. Does anyone know the slang for old car? ...
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What Does “MAE” Mean And Is It Only Specific To Costa Rica?

I've seen MAE in Costa Rica used a bit and I was wondering if it is exclusive only to Costa Rica and also it's general meaning? Context is my girlfriend's brother told me this MAE QUE BUEN ...
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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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¿Cuáles son las distinciones más importantes del castellano amazónico del Perú?

Se dice aquí que hay cinco variaciones del español hablado en el Perú, y que el español amazónico parece predominar en un área geográficamente más extensa que los otros dialectos. Supongo que hay ...
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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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Translation of “guilt trip”

How can I translate the concept of a "guilt trip" into Spanish? The Free Dictionary provides this definition: guilt trip n. Informal A usually prolonged feeling of guilt or culpability. ...
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Género de derecha/o e izquierda

¿Por qué las palabras derecha e izquierda (en oraciones como "doblar a la derecha") tienen el género femenino y no el masculino? Y ¿por qué derecho (en masculino) significa "recto," pero derecha (en ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “por lo tanto” y “por tanto”?

Según la RAE: por lo ~. loc. adv. Por consiguiente, por lo que antes se ha dicho, por el motivo o las razones de que acaba de hablarse. U. t. c. loc. conjunt. por tanto. loc. adv. Por lo que, ...
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Sostenernos de una sombra

Spanish Significado difícil: "sostenernos de una sombra". ¿Se refiere a una sustancia superior? English Difficult meаning: "sostenernos de una sombra". Is it said about а superior substance? ...
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Is there an idiomatic equivalent in Spanish for “to have other fish to fry”

Is there an idiomatic equivalent in Spanish for “to have other fish to fry”? have other fish to fry: "To have more important things to do" In the two romance languages I am familiar with, this ...
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Using female nouns to refer to males, how are adjectives affected?

Here is an English example where someone is referring to a man as a turtle: That turtle is slow. He is angry because he will not win. (calling that man a turtle) In Spanish, the referenced ...
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Algún to represent an indefinite quantity?

I'm using the textbook Fuentes: Conversación y gramática, and in it it states: "To talk about indefinite quantity in affirmitive sentences and questions, use the following adjectives and pronouns." ...
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What's the best way to say “perífrasis verbal” in English?

"Perífrasis verbal" seems to be used pretty consistently at least in some references to refer to grammatical constructions like ir a. But I'm not sure if it's a set grammatical or linguistic term, ...
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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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Arco iris or arcoíris?

Is it one word or two? What would be most appropriate grammar-wise? If there's a regional variance, how is it in Mexico or the rest of latin America? I have seen rainbow translated as both, even in ...
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Are there any seemingly opposites (e.g. negation) in Spanish which, in fact, mean something different?

To illustrate what I'm referring to, I'd like to give to examples in English: While must not seems to be the opposite of must, it has a different meaning. Must go to school, for example, means I have ...

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