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“Como si fuera representar” o “como si fuera para representar”?

I'm trying to say "the story starts suddenly as if to represent an intentional eclipse..." Would it be: "El cuento empieza de repente como si fuera para representar" or "El cuento empieza de ...
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El significado idiomatico de la cal

Encontré un modismo que me interesa (inventé un ejemplo) : Nos debemos ir! La policía va a cerrar esta lugar a cal y canto. We gotta get out of here! The police are going to lock this place ...
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What's the etymology of `ir de compras`?

In my little Spanish learning experience, I have often read the sentence that uses the term ir de compras. While I know the meaning of it (go to shopping), I have a trouble in getting the etymology of ...
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Choosing gender of adjectives or object pronouns

I can best explain my question with an example. I am eating a delicious beefsteak (el bistec) at a friend´s house. I want to express how good it is, so without saying ´beefsteak´ I say, Está muy ...
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What is the difference between “saber” and “poder”?

In school we learned that you can use "saber" as well as "poder". Although we learned the grammar rule concerning this, I'm really unsure about the right usage. I know that you use "poder" if you are ...
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“para” vs “de” vs “a”

I'm trying to say the following in Spanish: "Apart from the bus and its inability to function..." I have the following options and I'm not sure which is correct: Aparte de la guagua y su ...
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“old car” slang [on hold]

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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Uso de la palabra “matado” en artículo periodístico

Estaba leyendo el siguiente artículo periodístico: Un jurado de Nueva York exonera al policía del ‘caso Garner’. Cuando encontré la siguiente frase: ...cuando otro gran jurado absolvió al ...
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Difference between “manejar” and “conducir”

Today's word of the day on spanishdict.com is despacio. There I found this sentence: A mi hermano le fastidia cuando la gente que quiere manejar despacio conduce en el canal de velocidad. I ...
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How to write abbreviations in spanish with a foreign explanation?

What is the right way to abbreviate a term in a semi-formal essay in spanish? The literature that I'm citing specifies the term TCO that means Total cost of ownership, so I want to write in spanish ...
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Ring: “anillo” vs “sortija” [on hold]

Both translate as ring. Is there a difference in connotation? Or is it just a matter of dialect? To further confuse things, I have even heard anilla and aro!
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Spanish for “breasts” [closed]

I have heard the following words in various contexts: seno, pecho, busto, mama, chichi, teta. I want to understand what the finer differences in nuances are among their usage while referring to ...
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How does “presumir” work in this sentence?

I came across a comment on Facebook that went like this: Mira te presumo mis dientes de marfil. According to Google the sentence translates as: I think my teeth look like ivory. Although I ...
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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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“Antojarse” vs “tener ganas de”

I always knew that tengo ganas de is the way you translate "feels like" into Spanish. For example: Tengo ganas de ir al cine I feel like going to the movies But today, I came across the ...
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Sale, vale y dale ¿Hay algo detrás de su parecido?

Sólo me parece curioso que, por poner tres ejemplos de paises que quedan a los extremos de la región hispanohablante, en España se diga ¡vale!, en Argentina ¡dale! y en México ¡sale! (al menos en la ...
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Zipper: “cierre” vs “cremallera”

Both mean zipper but which one is prevalent in regular speech? Is there any subtle difference between the words as in the type of zipper they refer to? I am particularly interested in Mexican usage.
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“Gafas” vs “anteojos” vs “lentes” vs “espejuelos”

Four different words, same meaning. Both according to Wiktionary as well as Google Images. Which one's preferred in regular speech in Mexico and/or Latin America? I don't want to know what official ...
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«Por la mañana» frente a «en la mañana»

Mientras voy calificando algunos escritos de mis alumnos, he notado que a pesar de lo que les digo en clase, escriben cosas como «Me ducho en la mañana» o «salgo en la noche», frases en las cuales ...
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¿Cuál es la relación entre el cementerio y el cemento? [closed]

Tengo entendido que la palabra lápida viene de "piedra" (esto debido a las historias en que se lapida a las adúlteras, o sea, se las mata a piedrazos). Entonces me surgió esta duda: ¿cuál es la ...
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Uso de “así que” y “por eso”

"El seto era demasiado alto _____ el jardinero lo recortó. Esta frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. Creo que debe insertar "por eso" en vez de "así que". Por qué es mejor o correcto usar así que? ...
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What does “Bolobonchi” mean?

He estado escuchando una canción del género salsa titulada "Bolobonchi". La canción fue compuesta e interpretada por Joe Arroyo. Mi pregunta es: ¿Qué significa o qué es Bolobonchi? I have been ...
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Uso del imperfecto y pretérito

Uso de los verbos en el tiempo pasado. "Recios golpes sonar en la puerta". La frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. ¿Por qué usa el pretérito en vez del imperfecto?
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Uso de ser o estar y tiempos verbales

"El abogado probó que su defendido sería/era/había sido/había estado inocente." La frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. No entiendo porque usa era en vez de sería. ¿Puede usar el pluscuamperfecto ...
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Este o Esto. Which one to use, when, where, why?

On Duolingo, I translated "I throw this" as "Yo tiro este" but it was wrong; the correct translation was "Yo tiro esto". But doesn't whether it's "este" or "esto" depend on the gender of the noun ...
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¿“Mismo de” o “mismo que”?

Me acaban de corregir dos veces en un documento, y me pongo muy odioso cuando me critican la redacción. Yo siempre he dicho "mismo de": El mismo sistema de antes. Hay que instalarlo en el ...
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You're going to like it

In my spanish course I was presented with: te va a encantar As a translation of You're going to like it. But what confuses me is the combination of the pronoun te with the verb conjugationva. ...
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Subject Verb Agreement and Verb Tense

A los once años Miguel fue al campo, junto al padre y al hermano mayor. En los días más crudos del invierno aprovecharon para acudir a la escuela, donde aprendieron a leer. What does this ...
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Uso del pretérito y el imperfecto

Además, como era tiempo de las lluvias y el viejo médico hubo de hacer al efecto de un viaje de tres kilómetros, llegó con barro hasta las rodillas y su reuma se agravó considerablemente. ...
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Agreement of adjectives with nouns

¿Es correcta esta frase? Coge la bolsa por el asa pequeño.
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Uso del tiempo verbales condicional y pretérito

"Después del cubismo, Picasso volvió a una época clásica a partir de 1914. En esta nueva etapa, la principal temática sería el desnudo femenino grandioso, pesado, alejado de la excesiva ...
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Uso del tiempo condicional o el pretérito

"Hacia 1907, la muerte de Cézanne y las influencias del arte africano dar paso a un nuevo cambio en el pintor, su época negra, que daría a una de sus más geniales" creaciones: el cubismo. ...
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Tiempos verbales

"Pablo Ruiz Picasso, nacido en Málaga en 1881, comenzó a pintar desde muy temprana edad, mostrando ya una habilidad extraordinaria. Después de trabajar en Barcelona, se trasladó a Paris a ...
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Uso del artículo definido

"A la izquierda de la fotografía, hay _ montañas." Este frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. Por qué no inserta el artículo definido en el espacio? Crea una generalización en este frase, ...
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Uso del tiempo del futuro vs la condicional

"No supo explicar por qué no iría a la excursión el próximo fin de semana". Por qué usa la condicional en vez del futuro? "No estoy segura, por eso le dije que tendrá unos 40 ...
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Is “chándal” a commonly used term in Mexico and the rest of Latin America?

I was looking for ways to translate "tracksuit" or "windbreaker" and came across cortaviento and chándal. Which one of the two is preferred in Mexican or Latin American spanish?
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“Calzón” vs. “calzoncillos”

Wiktionary tells me both are underwear, calzón for women and calzoncillos for men. However, when I looked up the words on Google images (something I always do with new words to get a better idea of ...
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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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Etymology of “traje”

This word comes from the Latin word trahō, which means to draw, plunder, drag, or trail. This is where we get traje, the Spanish word for suit, from. How did such an unrelated word, a verb no less, ...
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Prenda vs. ropa

Both mean clothing. Although prenda also means jewelry in Venezuela but in general contexts, it seems to be synonymous to ropa. Or is it?
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¿Es correcto utilizar “adjuntar en” y “adjunto en”?

En Internet podemos encontrar ejemplos de uso de adjuntar (y adjunto) tanto con a como con en: Documentación a adjuntar en la presentación de los modelos censales La entrada de adjuntar en el ...
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How to say a specific day of the month

How does one say something like "at the 5th of December" in Spanish ? Is it like telling the time (e.g. "a las cinco del Diciembre") ?
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How to say plural of abbreviations

I'm wondering how one would say CDs, in Spanish. I know that a single CD would be spelled in Spanish characters (i.e. "ce de"), however, how would several CDs be spelled in Spanish?
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Palabras del mapuzungun en el español

El mapuzungun es el idioma de la etnia mapuche, que es la principal base nativa del mestizaje en mi país Chile. La influencia del mapuzungun en el español es baja, en comparación con la que se dio en ...
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No possessive pronoun for body parts

"My head hurts" translates as "me duele la cabeza" and not "mi cabeza duele." I was taught that possessive pronouns are redundant and hence dropped when speaking of body parts. Does this rule apply to ...
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Dativo superfluo: Meaning of “Me cansé de que me tomes la cerveza”

Recently, I came across a song that went, "Me cansé de que me tomes la cerveza..." What exactly does it mean? Is it "I am tired of you drinking my beer"? Are both me's here what they call dativos ...
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Purpose of direct and indirect objects in “se te va el avión”

I came across this phrase in another SE question here: What's the meaning of the Mexican expression “se te va el avión”? While I understand the idiomatic reference the phrase makes, I don't ...
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¿Adjetivo para el invierno?

Así como he escuchado veraniego y primaveral, ¿existen similares para otoño e invierno? El último me resulta más importante. Muchas gracias de antelación.
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Editions of Spanish Orthographies?

Recent repeals of long-standing orthographic rules in Spanish has gotten me curious. I know of the 2010, the latest, revisions. I know of the 1999 revisions. I have seen references to a 1959 set of ...
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What is the correct capitalization of sentences that start with numbers in Spanish?

Which of the following two options is the correct beginning of sentence in Spanish?: 30 años después... 30 Años después...

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