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Querer vs Amar & Adorar

The words amar and querer according to RAE are synonyms; however, in Colombia, at least, amar is considered a stronger feeling, a highest level of love, if you can say that. For example, I can tell a ...
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Origin of “vos” pronoun

How did the vos personal pronoun come to be? Is it etymologically related to vosotros in any way? Did it develop before or after the other personal pronouns used today (tú, usted, vosotros, etc)? Was ...
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How can I translate the expression “sour grapes” to Spanish?

From the Oxford dictionary: sour grapes used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves: government officials ...
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What's the meaning of the -azo suffix?

What's the meaning of the (noun)-azo? How the nouns are transformed into their -azo noun? In which cases should be used? Examples: zapatazo golpazo
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Can “los cristales” be translated as “mirrors” or “looking glasses”?

I'm trying to translate another poem by Jorge Luis Borges into English: Mis Libros Mis libros (que no saben que yo existo) son tan parte de mí como este rostro de sienes grises y de grises ...
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Etymological origin of “false friends” between Spanish and English

Is there an etymological origin that can be called the main one that has created the list of "false friends" between Spanish and English? I'm constantly stumbling upon a new "false friend" when ...
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Using a él in a sentence with lo

I found the following sentence in my textbook: Lo espero a él As far as I know doesn't it mean something like "Him I wait for him"? Why is a él necessary?
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How do you say “offset” in Spanish?

We use this word in IT to query some paged services. As they return a collection of objects, we can tell the service two different parameters to read all the pages. These are limit and offset. How ...
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¿Qué propósito tiene el acento en una pregunta? (dónde, qué, cuándo, etc.)

He aprendido palabras como donde, cuando, que y como que se escribe sin acento en algunos casos. Pero se escribe esas palabras (y otras más) con acento cuando están usadas en una pregunta y algunos ...
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Hacer algo necesitase o no

La norma no escrita en las relaciones con las minorías parlamentarias de CiU ha permitido tradicionalmente durante los últimos veinte años que la Generalitat distribuyera estratégicamente a sus ...
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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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¿Cómo traducir la expresión idiomática inglesa “as is”?

Me gusta mucho la frase idiomática inglesa "as is": as is in the state that something is in at the present time: Will you wait till it's finished or take it home as is? Aparece con ...
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How do you use “si” and “hubiera” (“If” and “had”)

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. It states that in Spanish, "Had" is "había": Lo había comprado. / I had bought it. If using "if", "Had" becomes "hubiera" as this expresses an ...
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Is “síguenos” a real Spanish word?

The word "síguenos" does not appear in most of the major online English-Spanish dictionaries that I use such as Spanishdict.com. I only found one entry about it in a texting dictionary. The word looks ...
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Meaning of “Se te olvidó quererme”

I'm learning Spanish, so I listen to a lot of Spanish music. One of the songs that I have is called Se te olvidó quererme I can't seem to figure out what it means. Google translate translates ...
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Listing mixed male and female nouns. Muchos or muchas?

If I'm listing four things, three of which are female, would I say muchas or muchos? Tiene muchos playas, montañas, tiendas y restaurantes If restaurantes is male then do I start the sentence ...
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Using “cómo” with verbs after “saber”

I already anticipate that part of my problem is that I'm trying to literally translate, which I know I shouldn't (but...). I'm confused: Juan sabe nadar. I read that this means "Juan knows how ...
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Difference between “sétimo” and “séptimo”

When or where one uses sétimo and when/where séptimo? Is it a geographical difference somehow? Is one of them colloquial?
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The difference between the use of “es” and “está”

El pollo ......... sobre la mesa. Then the two options are es and está. I think the both are correct but duolingo app says it's está adding more to my confusion. Why es is not correct here? ...
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Es correcto usar la palabra “Apóstola” para referirse a una mujer que es “Apóstol”?

Quisiera saber si es correcto aplicar el genero femenino a un sustantivo como "apóstol" dejando la palabra como "apóstola" que se entendería es una mujer que actúa como "apóstol". Es similar al caso ...
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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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What is the difference between Spanish and Ladino?

What are the main differences between Spanish and Ladino? I thought I would be able to hear the difference in Ladino podcasts, but I don't. Both languages sound the same.
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Nos hace sentirnos o Nos hace sentir

¿Qué forma es correcta? y ¿qué regla se aplica en estos casos? Nos hace sentirnos. o Nos hace sentir. Me hace sentirme. o Me hace sentir. Te hace sentirte. o Te ...
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Cómo se traduce apropiadamente “Bump a thread”?

Cuando se habla de "Bump" en el contexto de foros, por ejemplo, se asocia al hecho de hacer que una conversación pase a estar como recientemente modificada, y por ende, primera en el listado. ¿Qué ...
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¿Cuál es el orígen de “en lo que cabe” o “dentro de lo que cabe”?

En lo que cabe o dentro de lo que cabe son locuciones que pueden ser reemplazadas por esencialemnte y otros adverbios: – ¿Cómo está tu marido, después del accidente? – Bien, dentro de lo que ...
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Linguistic Use of Spanish Characters Keyboard Layout

After looking at the Spanish Keyboard thatcomes in Windows I have come to notice that are 5 Dead Keys on the Spanish Keyboard layout. Name Example ´ ACUTE ACCENT más ¨ ...
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Spanish words for couple, few, handful, several, etc

In English, there are various words to express a small quality of something: a couple (two of something) a few (a small number, maybe around 3-5) a handful (another vague expression for a small ...
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Why is the phrase “¡Hasta la próxima!” feminine?

Español Trad. de la pregunta: ¿Por qué es femenina la frase "¡Hasta la próxima!"? En la frase "¡hasta la próxima!, ¿por qué el género es femenino en lugar de masculino? ¿Es el género arbitrario, o ...
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Translation needed for “chairman”

Is there also a Spanish word for chairman? The ones I have seen for chairman are "presidente" but that doesn't make sense to me because I immediately think of the word president instead of chairman. ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de “Hay pan”?

¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente oración? ¿Qué tipo de oración es? Es decir, ¿qué funcion gramatical cumplen cada una de las siguientes palabras?: Hay pan. Estoy buscando la ...
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Is fiscalía related to fiscal?

Fiscalía in Spanish refers to a district attorney or public prosecutor. "Fiscal" (in English or Spanish) describes something related to finances. This always confused me because the words are very ...
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Translating “If (request), that would be great.”

In English, I often use the formula, "If (request), that would be great." For example: If you could go to the supermarket after work, that would be great. If it's possible for you to finish ...
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Difference between “un poco de” and “un poco”

What is the difference between the use of "un poco de" and "un poco"? Why can't we say "Es un poco de moreno"(He has a little dark skin.) but "Es un poco moreno."?? Could you please provide some ...
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Should I include “a” after “conocemos”?

Which would be correct? Nosotros conocemos a los padres de nuestros amigos. Nosotros conocemos los padres de nuestros amigos.
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Translation of “to talk behind someone's back”

What is the typical Spanish translation of the English idiom "to talk behind someone's back" (as in saying something bad about another person to others instead of to them directly)?
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Translating “break” (during work)

In the US, it is common for workers to take a half-hour or hour lunch break in the middle of the day, plus two ten or fifteen minute breaks in the morning and afternoon. Spanish has many words that ...
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Quotation mark usage in Spanish

In English, we have double quotation marks (") and single quotation marks ('). Spanish adds angular quotation marks (« »). What is the official rule for which type of mark should be used when in ...
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¿De dónde viene la expresión “me cago en la puta”?

Llevo toda mi vida escuchándolo y en estos últimos años, de cuando en vez me he preguntado el por qué de esta frase ya que, leída literalmente, al contrario que otras frases hechas, es imposible verle ...
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Formalidad de “Tu mujer”

So I saw this tweet on Twitter: Which for me raises the question of formality and dialect uses of "tu mujer" vs. "tu esposa". Is one more formal than the other? I ask because I know that "tu ...
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Algunas ejemplos de subjuntivo sin “que”

Entiendo cuándo usar el subjuntivo con frases como "espero que verbo subjuntivo…" y muchas frases similares. Sin embargo, estoy confuso con qué otras palabras y combinaciones lo utilizan. Por ...
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Posible origen de la frase “buen hombre”

Según tengo entendido antes se le decía despectivamente a la gente "buen hombre", como diciendo "pobre diablo", o "pobre tipo". Por ejemplo, En el libro del Quijote, cuando al hidalgo se le dice así, ...
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When to use indicative present and when to use subjunctive present when you order to someone?

I have encountered one problem in my Rosetta Stone program, which is expressed in the following image: Two images on the left use indicative present, while the two on the right both use subjunctive ...
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¿Por qué “tener cara” es malo? ¿Y por qué “descarado” significa lo mismo, siendo exactamente lo contrario?

Me he dado cuenta de un fenómeno curioso: tanto ser "descarado" como "tener cara", "tener cara dura", "ser un caradura" o "tener mucha cara" tiene mala connotación. ¿Acaso todo lo relacionado con la ...
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Translation of “Break” in the sentence “How was your winter break”

I always have trouble figuring out what break is in Spanish for the sentence "How was you winter break". I don't know if it break is vacaciones in this case. My guess is Como es tu invierno
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¿Cómo se llaman las primeras dos décadas del siglo?

Yo nací en los años setenta y me casé en los noventa. Mis hijos nacieron en... y ahora estamos en... Sé que no hay una respuesta única, pero ¿qué forma cómoda y correcta recomiendan para ...
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Should I use SER or ESTAR to talk about when an event takes place?

I'm trying to say that recurring events are on certain days. Since its an event, should it be a phrase with ser? Or since the events fall on certain days, do I use estar?
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Usage of porque, por qué, porqué, y por que [duplicate]

Trato de ayudarla +preposición+ no se deprima. Which form of "because" would you use to fill in the blank in the sentence to complete it?
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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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“la frase francesa” or “la frase en francés”?

In English, when referring to a sentence written in French, I could say "the French sentence" or "the sentence in French". English is not my first language, but I think those two variants can be used ...
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¿Cómo se forma el plural de números escritos con dígitos?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de pluralizar los números escritos con dígitos? Ejemplo: Me pagan los (días) 15 y 30 (de cada mes). Quisiera saber cómo pluralizar los números, para poder omitir las ...

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