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¿Cómo se dice “we couldn't resist opening them until the first star”?

Estoy escribiendo mi trabajo de casa en que tengo que describir mis costumbres de la Navidad cuando era pequeña y tengo un problema con esta frase. He escrito: En un día de la Nochebuena los ...
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Suffixes to produce new forms of nouns/adjectives (keeping it's basic meaning) [closed]

There is an article on the subject, which was my main source of information. Below is a quick summary of what I know so far. Suffixes to modify the meaning of nouns: Diminutives: -(c)ito, -(c)ita ...
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Suffixes interchangeability

Looks like "-(c)ito, -(c)ita" and "-(c)illo, -(c)illa" are quite interchangeable (though the last ones are less common). What are the differences between them? What about other suffixes whithing the ...
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The word ending “-ita/-ito” and its usage

English: From what I've seen, the -ita/-ito ending is used for describing little things, or as a better way of describing time periods, especially in businesses (like a waitress saying La comida va a ...
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Translating “How (much)” in non-numeric situations

How do you translate "How (much)" when asking about non-numeric properties? For example: "How bright is that light?" "How hard was the exam?"
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A list of situations where there is no need to specify the person with his, her or their and etc

I know already several of these situations but I start seeing more in my textbook, so I think there is a chance there is a lot more. can someone please give a fullest list possible of these ...
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What is the meaning of “Las bastardillas” in this context?

I came across a quote that had a word italicized, followed by the parenthetical explanation that "the italics are ours" (the italics are mine there). This is common. But it said (in Spanish), "Los ...
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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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Diferencia entre «entretuviesen» y «entretenieran»

Estoy experimentando con unos flashcards de Anki, y encontré esa frase: Si los niños se entretuviesen por unos minutos podría tomar una siesta. Es la primera vez que he visto una conjugación ...
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Can sb explain me the uses of se in Spanish

I know that there are many form of se in Español but can somebody give me the summary of that?
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How to properly write “deplano”?

There's a popular (and probably exclusively) guatemalan expression: deplano or de plano; meaning probably or surely, analogue to seguramente. Example (provided for completion purposes): -¿Dónde ...
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“Con yo” instead of conmigo?

I know that conmigo is standard grammar, as prescribed by RAE. However, on a couple of occasions I've also seen people using con yo. If that helps, I saw that in a Spanish language chatroom where a ...
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Translation of “That will never work”

I'm not sure about the best way to translate "that will never work" and similar phrases with a vague "that" as the subject (like "that's not a good idea" or "that's the third time he said it"). Should ...
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"On screen” in Spanish

How does one translate the phrase, “on screen” into Spanish? Is the below sentence an appropriate attempt? Por pudor nunca besaría en la pantalla. Out of modesty, she would never kiss on screen. ...
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¿Qué significa “tuanis”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la palabra tuanis? ¿Se escribe tuani o tuanis? ¿En cuáles regiones se usa? Y, ¿es una palabra muy informal, o se puede usarla en otros contextos también?
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What do you call Pork Butt used to make Carnitas?

Pork Butt is a cut of meat from the upper part of the shoulder. It is also known (in the US) as Boston Butt, or (in the UK) Pork Shoulder on the bone. It is the cut of meat traditionally used to ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

Estaba escribiendo una receta de cómo preparar la sopa, tratando de usar las formas impersonales de los verbos (por ejemplo, Se necesita calentar el agua). Cuando la mostré a mis amigos ...
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How do you say “swipe” in spanish?

I've been looking for the word for a while. Teaching my spanish speaking father to use his smartphone, so I want to tell him what things are called in his language. When looking at dictionaries I ...
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¿Cómo se usa la forma femenina de tema?

He leído que la palabra tema se puede usar en la forma femenina: la tema. ¿Qué significa la tema, y cómo se usa? ¿Es común? ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el tema y la tema?
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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 is Salsa? Which Salsa is which?

I was just eating some tortilla chips and salsa when I asked myself, "What is the difference between this salsa and something like salsa de espagueti?" So far, I have yet to hear or read an emphasis ...
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Cuándo usar “usar” o “utilizar”

Español Ambos términos tienen un significado muy parecido. Según la RAE, el único uso de 'utilizar' es "Aprovecharse de algo" y el significado que me interesa de 'usar' es "Hacer servir una cosa para ...
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¿Le quedan entradas?

In the question: ¿Le quedan entradas? The "pronombre" le is it used to express a formal way to ask somebody "do you have tickets left"? For example the following question is the equivalent ...
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“Chinga” - common slang? Origin?

I've heard the Spanish slang word "chinga" used in several popular movies/tv shows, as well as by other Spanish speakers, as the English word "f*ck". My friend denies the notion, saying "chinga" is ...
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How to translate the idiom: “missing the point”?

What would be the correct way to translate into Spanish the idiom: "to miss the point"? I'm often tempted to write "perder el punto", but it doesn't sound quite right. For example: "To bring ...
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¿Qué significa la expresión “a lo que te truje chencha”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión "a lo que te truje chencha"?
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¿Cuándo quitaron los acentos de las palabras como “fué”?

He leído que hace años la RAE cambiaron las reglas para quitar las tildes de las palabras como fué, dió, etc. ¿Cuándo pasó eso? ¿Por qué hizo este cambio la RAE? ¿Cuáles fueron las palabras afectadas? ...
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Meaning of verb form 'es algo que *inhiere* en ellas'

In the following sentence: advertimos que la forma accidental que configura al bronce como estatua o a la madera como silla es algo que inhiere en ellas, que se encuentra en esa materia como en ...
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What does it mean when a girl says “te quiero” in this context?

I've been... seeing this girl for about half a year. We're not officially together, but we're pretty playful and there's a lot of flirting. We like each other.. She speaks fluent english but is a ...
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What does “que lo que” mean?

Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with: klk I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the ...
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Origen y uso de “buen provecho” en Puerto Rico - Local Use and Meaning

At a restaurant, it is customary for the waiter or waitress to say buen provecho to wish us good eating. I considered it roughly the same as bon apetit in French or English. However, I started ...
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Translation of “ni modo”

The phrase ni modo is used in many varieties of Spanish to mean many different things. What are its possible meanings? Which meaning is most common (i.e. which meaning would you assume if ni modo was ...
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Is “la” actually incorrect here?

I'm doing Duolingo Spanish. The other day, I had the sentence We are not doing it To which I gave the answer No la hacemos This was marked wrong, with the correct solution of No lo ...
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Train of thought

¿Está bien traducir Train of thought como Corriente de pensamiento? Veo que mucha gente usa Tren de pensamiento o Línea de pensamiento pero siento que la primera es incorrecta porque tren normalmente ...
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“Por” vs. “para” in time expressions (duration)

Consider this sentence: My cousin lent me his camera for two days. Which of the following constructs would be more natural and why: 1. Mi primo me prestó su cámara por dos días. 2. Mi ...
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Use of “Por” for location of time of the day?

I had a question if this was the best way to describe the English sentence Rosquillas and Coffee in the morning is delicious. In Spanish would I use por for the description of the time of day? ...
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¿Qué posición ocupa y qué función tiene “Los niños” en “Los niños parece que están divirtiéndose mucho”?

En español, como en inglés y otras lenguas, hay ciertos verbos que se comportan como raising predicates, es decir, permiten, y de hecho obligan a, que el sujeto de la cláusula que debe servirles como ...
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What's the difference between `tiene pelo azul` and `tiene el pelo azul`?

I have faced two different sentences in my Rosetta Stone Spanish program. The sentences below seem to have the same meaning, but why does one use a definite article while the other doesn't? El hombre ...
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Nombre de los acentos y otras marcas ortográficas

En otra pregunta hice una mala traducción al inglés. Quise referirme al acento gráfico (´) como tilde, pero la traducción correcta es diacritic. Esto me confundió un poco. Quiero entonces consultar ...
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Does “Prima” have a double-meaning (in Mexico)?

I recently saw this billboard in León, Guanajuato, México: [Sorry for the awkward placement of the light pole in the photo; I was driving when I snapped it.] The sign is an advertisement for ...
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Mis-spelling? se hábla español

Today I went past a T-Mobile store (Cell phone company for those that don't know) and saw a sign out in front of the store that said: Se hábla español With an accent over the first á. My ...
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Why “se” in front of some verbs?

I get very confused when I see se in front of some verbs in Spanish or about when to put it in front of a verb when writing in Spanish. From my understanding I think it is used when someone is trying ...
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When does the adjective come before the noun in Spanish? [duplicate]

Normally, the adjective follows the noun in Spanish, as in "el coche rojo" (not "el rojo coche") However, I came across this sentence: "Entonces siguió el camino lentamente hasta que llegaron a una ...
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Estar + gerundio, ¿qué significa? [duplicate]

I have the following two spanish sentences: Me estaba bañando cuando sonó el teléfono. Mientras me bañaba, sonó el teléfono. We use imperfect tense describing an action (Me estaba bañando, ...
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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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“Home” in a non-literal sense

I know home translates as casa or, in some contexts, hogar. But both these terms refer to a more literal idea than I'd like to use at times. They both seem to refer to the actual house. Let's imagine ...
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Object pronouns with the subjunctive

I understand that usually object pronouns go before the verb in Spanish. I also understand that present participle (-iendo), infinitive, and imperative are exceptions where the object is attached to ...
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How do you spell “Chocaraet” correctly?

The Valencian dish Paella traditionally (at least that's how I was taught it has to be done) is prepared by slightly allowing the rice to burn from the bottom, to a point where it gets quite dark. I ...
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Bangs/inverted exclamation marks (¡) and queries/inverted question marks (¿) within a sentence

I have come across several Spanish sentences in various contexts where they put the opening bang (¡) or opening query (¿) in the middle of a sentence. Some examples below: Cuando tropiece, ¿me ...
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Future subjunctive vs future indicative vs conditional

How do I say 'If he chats with me again, I will be more restrained.' Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, seré distante. Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, seria distante. Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, fuere ...

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