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Hormiga and hormigón: How are they related?

Hormiga is the Spanish for ant and hormigón for concrete. Now ants and concrete hardly seem to have anything in common between them. However, I read somewhere that hormigón was derived from hormigo ...
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¿Por qué Buenos Aires se abrevia Bs. As. o B.A. y no BB.AA. como debería ser?

Las abreviación de palabras en plural se hace usando dos veces la misma letra, por ejemplo EE.UU. por Estados Unidos o II.BB. por Ingresos Brutos. ¿Por qué no se utiliza la misma regla para Buenos ...
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¿En qué países la palabra “coger” tiene connotaciones sexuales?

En algunos países hispanoparlantes la palabra coger tiene connotaciones sexuales. La RAE indica "Realizar el acto sexual", pero el problema es que es una expresión malsonante, marcada fuertemente como ...
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Niebla vs neblina vs bruma

All three seem to mean fog or mist. Is there any regional difference in usage? Or do they actually stand for slightly different things?
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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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¿Cómo se dice «best way»?

Creo que "best way" en inglés es informal. Es una frase para indicar algo con prudencia. Creo que es eso. Pero en español, ¿cómo se dice? Lo siento por mi español, aún no sé mucho. ¡Estoy ...
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What is the proper way to get someone's attention?

Say I'm walking and I want the attention of someone. What do I say/shout? I'm especially looking for situations where the person is a stranger, but I would like to be polite. In English, you would use ...
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Dónde poner énfasis

Buenos, amigos. Yo quiero comenzar a decir que mi Espanol es muy malo, pero estoy aprendiendo. Mi pregunta es, cuando hablas una palabra con dos piezas, como sabes donde poner el enfasis? Por ...
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Cempasúchitl vs maravilla

I was reading about the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico and learned that the yellow marigold flower is a central theme in its celebrations. And I also read that it's traditionally called by its ...
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Recognize spanish phrase

What's written on this picture? How you would translate it? I can recognize “El Rafael Pombo de Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez lo hice en hora y media … Clavdia [or Claudia]”. This is for description of ...
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Recommendations for hard-copy dictionary for middle schoolers [closed]

I am looking for recommendations on dictionaries suitable for English language learners (immigrants) in middle school. English-Spanish and Spanish-English dictionaries will be needed.
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Definition and Usage of verbs that indicate start and duration of action

What's the difference among these words? Can you give me an example of when they are used? Words that indicate start of action: among: empezar a, ponerse a, y echarse a? Words that indicate ...
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What is the best translation for “Slice” as in “I ate two slices of cake.”

What is the best way to say "I ate two slices of cake."? What should be used for slice? Pedazo, trozo, rebanada, parte...
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alcanzar máxima reflejado meaning

En el cuadro Los fusilamientos del 3 de mayo, inspirado en los acontecimientos de 1808 durante la Guerra de Independencia, el arte de Goya alcanzó la máxima reflejado. No entiendo la significa de ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect of quedar

Pablo Neruda, nacido en Chile in 1904, estuvo en contacto directo con la naturaleza desde su infancia, sentimiento que quedó reflejado en su obra. Why can't quedaba be used in place of quedó?
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Grande vs Gran usage

Los grandes imperios han dominado la humanidad. Why not can't gran replace grandes in the sentence?
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Usage of porque, por qué, porqué, y por que

>Trato de ayudarla _ no se deprima. Which form of "because" would you fill in the blank in the sentence to complete it?
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Estar vs Ser usage with muy bien

Está muy bien Why not say Es muy bien? In what context would you use está muy bien? What noun could you refer estar to? Could you refer estar to a person, place, or thing? Could you say él ...
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Use of ser vs estar with past participle

Se compró una figura que estaba hecho de madera. Why can't era be used in place of estaba?
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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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Number riddles in Spanish

I want to create some number riddles in Spanish in a form like this: I am one more than twelve. What am I? or I am three less than ten. What am I? Is this the right way to do it: Soy uno más que ...
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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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Ask/command someone to “take this”

Say I have my hands full but need to grab something else. In English, I would say "here, take this" or "could you hold this" or "can you take this for a second". How could I say this in Spanish? ...
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Indignado con/por/de

¿Cuáles de la siguientes oraciones son correctas? Todas tienen que ver con la palabra que sigue a indignado. ¿Cuáles son las permitidas? Estoy indignado con que haya cenizas ahí. Estoy indignado ...
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“Today” in the context of “for today”

Consider the following sentence: I ate today. It can easily translate as: Hoy comí. Now consider the following: How much did you eat today? In the last sentence, there's a subtle ...
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“This” in Spanish in the context of “this bad”

I understand "this" translates into esto in Spanish. However in the following contexts, that translation doesn't seem to work: How did you manage to hurt your back this bad? Whoa! I didn't ...
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How to translate different English meanings of “work”

I've been struggling lately in translating the English concept of work. I am familiar with trabajar but I was told only to use that to describe a physical action. Like so: The man is working. -- ...
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What do “Centro” and “Título” mean when referring to a “Máster” degree in a submission form?

I am filling an application form, which is in Spanish. I am using Google Translate to fill the form but it is giving unhelpful translations for some phrases. Could someone please help me by ...
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“Just” in Spanish

Consider the following sentence: I don't know. Easily, the Spanish for this would be: No sé. How can one place some stress on the "not knowing" part of this sentence...maybe when one is a ...
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“Only too happy” and related constructs in Spanish

How do we convey this sense in Spanish? Consider the following examples: He was only too happy to oblige. Do tell me...I'm only too curious to find out! I am sure solo is not relevant in this ...
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Question about “bottle of water”

I'm trying to figure out how to say "a bottle of water" and I've found that it is botella de agua. But occasionally the dictionaries also have the word la cantimplora. So is that just a canteen or ...
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What does “aha te quiero” mean? [closed]

So my girlfriend is Mexican and naturally speaks Spanish and so I see her get this message from a guy who she says is her best friend which reads "aha te quiero :* :*" I don't know Spanish very well ...
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Use of subjunctive and presence of doubt

Colón dijo: "Aunque tenga que buscarlos en las cárceles, los encontraré." Why is the subjunctive for the verb tener used? Can't the indicative be used instead of the subjunctive?
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Translation of “It is important to do it” in Spanish

Could someone tell me the correct translation of the following sentence structure in Spanish, It is important to do it or It is necessary to do it and can I use all three of the following ...
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imperative or subjunctive

In my Spanish class I have learnt that only the second person (s & pl) has distinct forms for the imperative, but the forms for all other persons are the same as for the subjunctive. ...
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¿qué significa “desacomplejado”?

¿qué significa "desacomplejado" en este contexto en inglés:? Y emerge otro Canadá. Un país que mira menos a Europa y más a Asia. Un país donde la explosión del petróleo ha alterado los equilibrios ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect with Poder

Entonces, decidimos llamar por teléfono a un amigo que, afortunadamente, estaba en casa, por lo que pudo venir a recogernos. Why use the preterite instead of imperfect? Isn't the ability to do ...
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Preterite vs imperfect with haber

Cuando salimos de la estación, no había ningún taxi. Why use the imperfect instead of preterite? can't the times there wasn't a taxi be counted?
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Imperfect vs Preterite Usage of “ser”

Su salud era delicada porque su corazón no latía. Why use ser instead of estar? Isn't health a not so permanent state? Isn't health described with estar?
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Is “Luisa” in this sentence the indirect object or direct object?

Estaba allí Luisa y la observé sin que mi viera. I think Luisa is the indirect object. Why is she actually the direct object? I'm asking why she's the direct object because "la" signifies direct ...
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Indirect Object and neuter “lo” usage with inanimate objects

Tenía a su lado el balón y le pegó una patada. Why isn't lo used instead of le in this sentence? Doesn't lo refer to inanimate objects and le is used for animate objects? I think le refers to the ...
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Learning how to place accent marks

I have learned in my Spanish studies that there are rules that most Spanish words follow in terms of accentuation. More specifically, words fall into the categories of agudas, graves, and esdrújulas. ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect

Su obra y su personalidad le situaron pronto a la cabeza del grupo. Why don't you use the imperfect tense for the verb situar?
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Uso de Ser vs Estar y objectos directos y indirectors

1.>Esta bolsa está rota. Por qué no puede usar "es" en vez de "estar" en esta frase?
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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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¿Qué significan achichuca y achichay en colombia?

Recientemente escuché estas dos palabras del español de Colombia y quisiera saber que significan. Agradecería si también me pueden decir el origen de estas palabras que no parecieran provenir del ...
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“Leader” en el contexto de una empresa

Cómo se dice "leader" en el contexto de una empresa en español? Por Ejemplo, en ingles dicen: "Apple is a leader in the smartphone market" Pero en español creo líder solo es para persones.
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Stepped Area Chart translation

https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/steppedareachart So, Gráfico de área escalonada no suena muy bien... What would you suggest for a translation?
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If soy and eres mean “I am” and “you are”, when should you use “yo soy” and “tú eres”? [duplicate]

Knowing that verbs imply the subject (unlike English), when is it necessary to be redundant and use the subject? I gathered that it is only used at the beginning of a conversation, but I'm not sure. ...
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What does lavor mean when talking about land?

I've seen this on a website selling land: 120 HECTAREAS DE LAVOR 60 DE PASTOS Y RESTO DEHEZA (It is possible this may be Andaluz - a word used locally in Andalusia)

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