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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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¿Qué significa la expresión “a ojo de buen cubero”?

Una expresión común aquí en México es "a ojo de buen cubero". Ejemplo: A: ¿Cuantas personas crees que hay en esta conferencia? B: A ojo de buen cubero unas 500 personas. ¿Cúal es su ...
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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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Differences between Era and Fue

I have these two sentences: Picasso era uno de los artistas mejores de siglo veinte. (Picasso was one of the best artists of the 20th century) Pablo Picasso era un pintor y escultor. (Pablo Picasso ...
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How to ask for a repair shop to fix a car tire?

I recently went to Panama and we had 4 flat tires within 2 weeks. I'm still confused how to properly ask for a repair shop which fixes tires. Can you clarify? I would prefer answers not only for ...
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Difference between “empezar” and “comenzar”

What is the difference between empezar and comenzar? Is one more formal than the other?
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How to translate “have a crush on somebody”?

Which would be the translation to Spanish of I have a crush on your sister. When speaking Spanish, everybody uses the English word and I'd like to know the translation.
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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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Why are both “Presidente” and “Presidenta” accepted as correct translations?

Duolingo wanted me to choose between multiple options for the translation of "She is the president of that organization". I chose "Ella es la presidente de esa organización" but it was counted as ...
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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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Translation for the adjective “haunting” (as in “a haunting melody”)

What is the best Spanish translation for the English adjective "haunting" (as in "a haunting melody")? WordReference gives three options: evocador, inquietante and inolvidable. Do any of these really ...
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«Habla español donde quieras» o «Habla español dónde quieras»

Acabo de ver este texto [«Habla español dónde quieras»] en el portal internético del Instituto Cervantes. Mi duda es la siguiente: ¿va el «donde» con acento ortográfico? Creo que funge como parte de ...
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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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Is “haber” always a helping verb?

In this sentence: Lamento que no haya más galletas. there is only a "helping" verb, but none other. I thought there should be another verb, also. Help me understand this, please.
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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 "agua"...
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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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¿Es una ofensa decir la palabra “caray”?

¿Qué significa la palabra "caray", es una ofensa decirle a alguien "caray"? ¡Caray! Que estas haciendo aqui?
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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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¿Cuál sería una equivalente de -just hear me out- en castellano?

Quiero saber una frase para responder cuando alguien te interrumpa, y solo quieres decir lo que quieres decir. Un amigo mío de Colombia sugirió la frase "solo escúchame". Me gustaría saber otras ...
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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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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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¡Qué semana larga! What is the correct idiom for “What a long week!”

'Que semana larga' seems way too literal. Perhaps there is a completely different phrase for expressing a long week/day at work/ etc.?
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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 un análogo de “as of (yesterday)” en español?

En inglés, la construcción "as of" es más o menos equivalente a "desde" o "a partir de", pero los usos no coinciden exactamente. En particular, frases como The website was down as of last Monday ...
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“Something happened” while “something else was going on”

¿Cuál es correcto? No ví nada mientras estaba corriendo. o No ví nada mientras corrí. ¿Ambos son incorrectos? Lo siento por el título.
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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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Cuál es la mejor traducción para “Spoiler”

A spoiler is an element of a disseminated summary or description of any piece of fiction that reveals any plot elements which threaten to give away important details concerning the turn of events of a ...
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¿En qué situaciones se usa “antes de que” y “después de que”?

Me gustaría saber si es correcto lo que tengo entendido: Antes de que expresa posterioridad Después de que expresa anterioridad ¿Verdad? Por ejemplo: Acabábamos con esta batalla antes ...
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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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¿Hay alguna expresión en castellano para “rule of thumb”?

En inglés se utiliza con frecuencia la expresión "rule of thumb" para definir un principio o criterio de amplia aplicación que no es necesariamente preciso ni fiable en toda situación (Wikipedia dixit)...
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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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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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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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