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How to form statements like “It was during that time that…”

"It was" is translated as era or estaba. I know for statements like "It was happy with you" (contigo estaba feliz) that works. But what about constructions where the "it" is nothing in specific? ...
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lo ayudo vs. le ayudo (direct vs. indirect object)

When describing someone helping someone else, does ayudar take a direct or indirect object pronoun? In other words, is it: ¿Lo puedo ayudar? or ¿La puedo ayudar? or ¿Le puedo ayudar? If ...
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shy: tímido vs. reservado vs. vergonzoso vs. penoso

In many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, describing a person who is "shy" can be done with at least four different words: tímido reservado vergonzoso penoso What is the difference between ...
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Difference between 'podría estar' and 'estaría'

This question could apply to a number of verbs I guess, including: podría ser OR sería podría hablar OR hablaría podría comer OR comería Which could be generalised as 'conditional ...
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Is there a name for the inner part of the elbow?

Is there a name in Spanish for the inner part of the elbow (on the opposite side of the part we call "elbow")? If not, how would it best be described?
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se pronoun in “no fault constructions”

One page I recently ran across discusses the concept of "no fault constructions" or verbs that use se in such a way to describe an action as taking place apart from the person who caused the action. ...
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What exactly are the “passive se” and “impersonal se”?

Many materials for learning Spanish, discuss the "impersonal se" (e.g. ¿Se puede tocar esto?) and "passive se" (e.g. Se habla español.). What exactly are these forms grammatically? Is the se in both ...
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“pensando en ti” vs. “pensando de ti” vs. “pensándote”

When using the verb pensar to describe thinking about a person, there are at least three options: Estoy pensando en ti. Estoy pensando de ti. Estoy pensándote. What are the differences between ...
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Spanish etymology resources [closed]

Many questions on this site have been about the etymology of a particular word or phrase. For English, resources like the Oxford English Dictionary often give researched etymologies full of details ...
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Debuccalization of /s/ to [h]

What is meant in Spanish phonology by the debuccalization of /s/ to [h]? What dialects does this phenomenon primarily occur in? In those dialects, does it take place in all cases or only in some ...
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Pronunciation of words ending in -n

It seems that some people pronounce words that end with -n almost as a "ng" sound. "Bien", for example, seems to come out as "Bie[ng]". Is this a regional issue? What regions use this ...
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Can adjectives be placed before nouns in Spanish?

I found this sentence in "Las Uvas de la Ira" (Spanish translation of "The Grapes of Wrath"): "Los humoristicos y viejos ojos..." I would have expected "the old humorous old eyes" to have been ...
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Pasado perfecto de subjuntivo o indicativo

I need to use "pasado perfecto de subjuntivo" or "pasado perfecto de indicativo". I have three sentences with possible choices. Choices: sido, tomado, pasado, cambiado, tratado, tenido, conocido, ...
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Name Suffixes “Sr” (Senior) and “Jr” (Junior) in Spanish

What are the equivalent personal name suffixes in Spanish? Sr / Senior Jr / Junior Some examples would be: Mr. John Doe, Sr. Mr. John Doe, Jr.
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¿Cuándo va a venir? and ¿Cuándo vendrá?

Objective Clarify the context(s) that can affect which one to use. Background Continuation of "Ir a" versus future tense when asking a question Question Although the previous thread ...
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¿Cuando se puede decir que un chisme es un “chisme de lavadero”?

Quiero saber que es lo que hace a un chisme que sea "de lavadero" La RAE da estas acepciones: chisme. (Quizá del lat. cimex, chinche). 1. m. Noticia verdadera o falsa, o comentario con que ...
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When to use 'a' and when to use 'para'?

Es correcto decir 'Voy a Chicago' y 'Voy para Chicago' (I'm going to Chicago)? If so , how and when 'a' and 'para' are different?
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Significado de “chingaquedito”

Como muchos saben, chingar, en cierto contexto, significa molestar. Por otro lado quedito es quedo (con tiento, poco a poco). ¿Qué significa chingaquedito? Una persona que molesta de manera ...
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Subject - Verb Agreement: Repitiendo…, y determinando, ilustra

Repitiendo este proceso muchas veces, y determinando la proporción de éxitos para cada muestra, ilustra la idea de la variabilidad de muestra a muestra en la proporción muestral. Should ilustra or ...
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Diccionario inverso en línea / Online reverse dictionary

Me interesa saber si existe un diccionario de español en línea, en donde se puedan buscar las palabras por las últimas y no por las primeras letras. Por ejemplo: Si uno desea buscar caramba, uno ...
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“Ir a” versus future tense when asking a question

I've read that one should use "ir a" when time of completion is certain. If the time is uncertain, one should use the future tense. This choice is not so clear-cut when asking a question. Take for ...
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Significados de “ay ay” en México

¿Cuáles son los significados de "ay ay" en México?, por ejemplo: A: Me compré un carro nuevo, mira. B: Ay (sí), ay (sí). Para este caso, generalmente usan esta imagen en las redes sociales: ...
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¿Cuándo se utiliza 'creía' en el mismo sentido como 'supongo'?

Mi amigo de España me escribió la siguiente frase: El código, con el que haces las prácticas, es tan fácil de leer que de escribir. Creía que despues de pasar el exámen para entrar en el trabajo ...
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When are 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos' used?

Yo necesito un poco de ayuda. I have just begun learning Spanish, our professor was explaining about 'me' & 'te'. I am totally confused about when you use 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos'. Is there ...
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Objeto Indirecto

I was given the sentence ¿Quiénes os están haciendo las camas? and asked to put it into the form: Ellos……….…están haciendo using the objeto indirecto (OI) and the objeto directo (OD). ...
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Noun and adjective word order and meaning of “atomic power engineering sites” in Spanish

I am reading a product description and I want to translate it: The dosimeter may be used at atomic power engineering sites, physics laboratories, health care organizations as an electronic ...
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How to translate Overview and Outline?

I am writing a thesis and would like to add 2 subsections in my Introduction Overview, and Outline, what would be the best way to translate them to spanish? Estoy realizando una tesis, pero quiero ...
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Which “sense” of “measure” does medida refer to?

The English translation of "medida" that I have is "measure." This could mean "measurement" as in "length." Or it could mean "measure" in the sense of "means," (to an end.) Which of these two ...
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Duda con la frase “ir a [lugar]”

Hoy, platicando con amigos, me topé con una duda existencial acerca de la frase: Ir a [lugar] Por ejemplo: Voy a ir a esa casa. Ella va a ir a Europa. Pero por ejemplo, imaginen este ...
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“performance car” en español

Cuál es el término correcto para "performance car" en español? Esos autos que modifican o que construyen especialmente para carreras.
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Translation of “personal statement”

What phrase in Spanish is used to describe a "personal statement" (i.e. a short essay composed for a college application, for example)?
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Is there a consistent rule for constructing reflexive verbs?

Is there a consistent rule to create reflexive verbs? When utilizing reflexive verbs are all verbs able to become reflexive verbs by adding, se at the end of the infinitive verb? I.E.: "lavarse", ...
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What do the Latin American language academies do?

The Real Academia Española is the main, official language academy of the Spanish language. But there are also country-specific language academies in most Spanish-speaking countries. What do these ...
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What is the difference between “enfrente” and “frente”?

I was writing today and while editing I stumbled with this problem. Both words can be used but then again I didn't know the difference between them. When should I use one over the other and ...
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judging something as poor (objectively) , bad (emotionally)

In GLU we had a question on difference between schlimm-schlecht (bad-poor). My rule of thumb was: use bad if something feels bad, affects you emotionally in a negative sense use poor to judge ...
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Why SADAIC and not SADAYC?

Lo siento, yo no hablo español. The name of this organisation is Sociedad Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música. So why the acronym SADAIC and not SADAYC ?? Thank you.
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¿“No existe nadie” o “no existe alguien”?

¿Es correcto decir "No existe nadie"? Por ejemplo: "No existe nadie que haya aprobado el examen". ¿Lo correcto sería "No existe alguien que haya aprobado el examen"?
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Punctuating quoted sentences

I've found lots of information online about proper punctuation (after the quotation marks) when a dialogue tag is used. However, I cannot find any reference regarding if the quotation or dialogue line ...
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¿Cómo se escribe “x y y” ó “x e y”?, ¿“α o ω” ó “α u ω”?

Escribiendo textos con fórmulas matemáticas a menudo te encuentras con este tipo de problemas con los símbolos matemáticos. Pongo unos cuantos ejemplos: "... donde x e y son variables reales ..." ...
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In what era was “que suave” used?

I talked to someone from México and when I was talking to him about my trip he said in reply " que suave" . I asked my mexican friends what it meant and they said it's like "cool" but they didn't ...
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Origen de 'esquirol'

Espero que ésta pregunta sea suficientemente interesante para sobrevivir aquí aunque su sitio adecuado sería el inexistente StackExchange de uso del Catalán... Quien acepta trabajar en una empresa ...
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Origen de “mano” para denotar primero

Una expresión común en México es ¡pido mano! que quiere decir quiero ser el primero. De hecho, yo llegué a escuchar cutimano e incluso anticutimano para añadir énfasis. ¿De donde vienen estas tres ...
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Marmot vs Groundhog

In English, the groundhog and the marmot are not the same thing, the groundhog being a subcategory of marmot or distinct altogether, but in spanish there is but one word for the both: "marmota". How ...
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¿Cuál es la etimología de “torito”?

He leido la palabra torito con el siguiente significado, obtenido de la RAE: m. Méx. Pregunta capciosa de difícil respuesta. ¿Cuál es la etimología? ¿Tiene que ver con alguna fiesta ...
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How do you describe the directional parts of an object?

I'm working with a Mexican contractor to remodel my house, so it is quite common that I need to describe the sides of objects. I would like to speak with informal street-style Mexican with him because ...
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“a” personal en “Yo les presento a mi novio a mis padres”?

Estaba viendo la pregunta sobre el "a" personal y empecé a estudiar un poco el asunto. Me quedé con la duda, que pasa con la "a" personal en caso de que se agregue a un objeto indirecto. Pensé en ...
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Participating in a Spanish proficiency test?

I speak Spanish daily now, but feel I'm not learning many new things anymore (although there is still much for me to learn). As I will have some more time the coming months, I was thinking of taking ...
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Can I say “contestar las preguntas” instead of “contestar a las preguntas”?

In my spanish text book there is a sentence: ¿Tenéis que contestar a las preguntas de la profesora? Since "contestar" can be followed directly by objects, why should we use a preposition "a" before ...
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Names of Wedding Reception and Ceremony in Mexico

How do Mexican's refer to the wedding ceremony and the celebration following the wedding? I am attending a Mexican wedding and would like to refer to these events properly.
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No se acumulan vs No están acumulados

Ejemplo: Los permisos no se acumulan durante la configuración. En inglés está bien dicho The permissions are not accumulated during the configuration, o por el contrario lo que estoy diciendo con ...

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