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How does one say “It's not nothing.”

In English, we can express the idea that something is not negative, such as: A: What's in the box? B: Oh, nothing. A: It's not nothing! In English, the double negative (not and nothing) ...
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Accent Help: Esdrújula and Sobre Esdrújula are not consistent

In spanish class, I have been learning rules that show when and where to put an accent on a word in Spanish. So far, the main rules are: Esdrújula- a four syllable word in which an accent would ...
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Meaning of “mi cabo”

It's used while speaking indians (mexicans?) in a book of M. V. Llosa. I am interested about origin and meaning of this phrase. Contextual it should mean something like "my friend", but it's only my ...
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“Bueno” as hello or greeting?

In the US State I live in, I sometimes hear Spanish speakers greet one another by simply staying "Bueno". I didn't hear this when I was recently in Mexico, although I realize I may just have not ...
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meanings of “estar a la que salta”

I came across the phrase "estar a la que salta" in this video. And I found some information here also. From what I could gather from the video it suggests the meaning is to be unstable or very ...
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Gramática de la frase «¡Apresúrense que vamos tarde!»

En un libro de frases y traducciones entre español e inglés encontré esta frase: ¡Apresúrense que vamos tarde! Y dice que significa: Hurry, we're late! Ayúdame a entender por qué. ...
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Circumflex or Acute over O and proper translation

I am reproducing 2 concealed handgun posters and they have Spanish language translations. One of them has this: DE ACUERDO CON LA SECCIÓN 30.07, CÓDIGO PENAL (English: PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, ...
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Many meanings of “llamas”

Why and how has the word llama(s) 3 meanings? (you) call llama (the animal) flame
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Translating “ok”

From what I have heard "es bien" could replace "it's ok" in Spanish. Is this right, or is there another word or phrase used as an "ok" after someone tells another person something Manuel, quiero ...
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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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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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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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“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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What is the difference between “me gusta” and “a mí me gusta?”

My Spanish teacher from last year told me that "me gusta" and "a mí me gusta" mean the same thing: I like. However, "me gusta" is a more simple way to say it. As an example, she told us that "I'm" is ...
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Equal Comparisons Order of Sentence Troubles

I am currently learning comparisons in which each item being compared is equal. When using a sentence with tan/tanto/a/os/as, I am having trouble knowing the correct order of each sentence: A text ...
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What does the idiom “venir de maleta” mean?

While in Chile I heard the idiom venir de maleta. I was told that it means something along the lines of "to be angry," but I'm not seeing any evidence of this online. It's theoretically possible ...
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How to answer sarcastically when someone says you're “selling air”?

How to respond sarcastically to someone telling you that you're simply selling air (vende humo)? I know how to say "wow that's also quite an achievement" or "that also needs quite a lot of ...
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¿“Impeachment” en castellano?

Estos días se leo con frecuencia la palabra impeachment para explicar el proceso de destitución de la presidenta del gobierno de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff. En muchas noticias en castellano utilizan esta ...
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Translate “Good for you”

Is there a way to translate "Good for you into Spanish"? The literal translation would be "Buen para tú" but I don't think that is right.
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Translating “to make money”

I have been wondering how to translate "to make money" in speaking and writing in Spanish From what I know it would be translated like this: "The man made 100 dollars last year" El hombre ...
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A la mañana / De la mañana / En la mañana / Por la mañana

Objective Clarification on the differences among A la mañana / De la mañana / En la mañana / Por la mañana. This is more of a memo of what I learned but also I appreciate for suggestions and ...
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“en la tarde” vs “de la tarde” vs “por la tarde” [duplicate]

I am trying to tell the difference between these three phrases in Spanish. When would you use each, or do they all mean the same thing? What would be the following translations? Bob is going to ...
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Why isn't sunrise “Entrada del Sol”?

"Salida del Sol" is sunrise - but doesn't that literally mean "Exit of the Sun"? Why isn't sunrise "Entrada del Sol" instead?
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Why did the translator replace an actual name with a placeholder?

In "The Grapes of Wrath"/"Las Uvas de la Ira", the name Joan Crawford appears in the original (English) text. In the Spanish translation, that has been rendered as "fulana." My understanding is that: ...
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Exactly what type of a word is “véase”?

I see the words véase and véanse somewhat frequently. I understand they are used like this: See page 5 Véase página 5 And See pages 5 and 6 Véanse páginas 5 y 6 ...
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“después que” vs. “después de que”

Along the lines of another question I asked, what is the difference between después que and después de que? Is the situation the same as for antes? When are they synonymous, and when is one correct ...
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¿Es correcta esta frase?: “Los ejércitos lucharon en son durante tres meses”

¿Es correcta la siguiente frase? Los ejércitos lucharon en son durante tres meses. ¿Qué significa en son?
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When should we use articles before nouns and when are articles not required?

In Spanish sentences, I have seen that most times an article is used before the noun. But sometimes an article is not used. I am referring to articles such as el,la,los,las,un,una,unos,unas (those ...
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Ayuda: identificar tipo de oración subordinada

¿Podríais echarle un vistazo a esta frase por favor? Hizo lo posible porque no lo viera nadie que pudiera compadecerlo. porque no lo viera nadie – es una oración final ¿verdad? (la conjunción porque ...
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Where is “línea” used in addition to “cola”

Someone in Spain corrected me recently when I used the word línea instead of cola. But today I heard a Spanish speaker doing the same thing, using línea to mean line of people. Is this a Latin ...
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Cuál es el significado de la expresión ¨A pesar de ser bonito, nunca dormí en el palito¨?

Escuchando ¨Nos volveremos a ver¨ de Andrés Calamaro, una frase me resulta curiosa: ¨A pesar de ser bonito, nunca dormí en el palito¨. He buscado por foros de internet el significado de dicha ...
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¿Es despectivo el uso de la palabra “individuo”?

Es despectivo decir "individuo". Por ejemplo: ¿Por qué estás hablando con ese individuo?
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Usage of “millar” vs “millón”

First the context. There are two similar words that cannot be confused: Millar  →  Conjunto de mil unidades.  →  Set of one thousand elements. Millón ...
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Diferencia entre “andar”, “caminar” e “ir”

Caminando en dirección al bosque, vi a mi amiga Sylvia. Andando en dirección al bosque, vi a mi amiga Sylvia. Yendo en dirección al bosque, vi a mi amiga Sylvia. ¿Cuál es la diferencia ...
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Can there be situations where both “saber” and “conocer” can be used?

Example1 Uds quieren saber mi país. If conocer is substituted for saber in this sentence, the meaning switch from knowing exactly what the country is to things about the country. Example2 ...
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Whose tea is it?

The most difficult part of my learning Spanish, is to get to grips with the various forms of pronouns, and now the posessive adjectives mi, tu, and su. I'm asking myself, how one would translate ...
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What is a generic word to refer to “icing”?

Icing refers to a creamy, sugary topping used on cakes, cupcakes, to fill twinkies, etc. It's typically made from butter or shortening and sugar, and often food coloring. What is a word in Spanish ...
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¿Qué significa “alta noche”?

Hoy he visto esta palabra en el libro de Borges, pero no estoy seguro qué significa. Alta noche ¿es noche con luna llena o es medianoche o es una noche en la que no se puede ver nada?
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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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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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Imperfecto de subjuntivo (sentido indicativo - formas arcaicas)

María había venido a visitar a su amigo poco después de que él estuviera en casa de sus abuelos. No entiendo por qué se utiliza el subjuntivo ya que no se trata de una acción hipotética o futura ...
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¿Por qué se utiliza el subjuntivo en oraciones del tipo: “antes de que finalizara”?

En oraciones como Antes de que el partido finalizara, los hinchas dejaron el estadio. me pregunto: ¿Por qué se utiliza el subjuntivo? ¿Es éste es un tipo especial del mismo?
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¿Cómo puede traducirse “workaround”?

Estaba leyendo ¿Qué significa “salir del paso?” y vi como la gente mencionaba la palabra workaround/work around en alguna de sus respuestas, pero que otros negaban su equivalencia. ¿Cómo se podría ...
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Translating into participle adjectives

Cómo se traducir las oraciones de ingles que tienen verbos que son usado como un adjectivo. Poe ejemplo: Do not touch a smiling cow O The Spanish speaking population is increasing in the ...
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Ciertas conjugaciones verbales no convencionales

Yo he escuchado algunas veces a personas conjugar los siguientes verbos de la siguiente manera: (en paréntesis la forma correcta) Volver ---> volvido (vuelto) Resolver ---> resolvido (resuelto) ...
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¿Cuál es el proceso por el que una palabra debe pasar para que su uso sea aceptado?

Para explicar mejor mi pregunta, en el lenguaje oral y escrito existen ciertas palabras, como por ejemplo "haiga", que no son aceptadas por ser vulgares, en este caso, la palabra que doy como ejemplo, ...
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How to understand the following translation?

I have been reading "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner, and it happens that I also have a Spanish translation of this novel. The title in Spanish is "El ruido y la furia." Here is a ...
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El uso de “can't” para traducción de “no capaz”

(Por favor, perdona - y/o corrija - mi "Google Translate" español.) Tanto Duolingo como Google Translate traducen la frase "¡No eres capaz!" como "You are not capable!" Esto es razonable, pero nunca ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre «champiñón» y «seta»?

Según RAE, seta es: Cualquier especie de hongo, comestible o no, con forma de sombrilla, sostenida por un pedicelo. y champiñón es: Nombre común a varias especies de hongos agaricáceos, ...
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Is a great-grandchild an “encore” descendent?

"Nieto" is a grandson (and "Nieta" presumably a granddaughter). "Bisnieto" is a great-grandson (and "bisnieta" no doubt a great-granddaughter). "Bis" means "encore." So is a grandchild an "encore" ...

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