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¿Qué es un variante correcto de frase “Ya algunos días me (doler) la cabeza”?

Primero, pido perdón por mi español. Ya algunos días me duela la cabeza. Ya algunos días me duele la cabeza. ¿Si debemos usar el modo subjuntivo en esta oración? ¿Si la parte ya algunos días nos ...
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Venir vs. Venirse

I have noticed that the word venirse sometimes get used wrongly, so I was wonder what are some correct ways to use this word? I have listed a few example below which may or may not be correct. "I ...
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Is there a software utility available that allows simultaneous reading of Spanish and English material? [closed]

I would like to have an app (that runs on the desktop, not a phone app - text would be too small) that would allow me to simultaneously have both the Spanish and the English versions of material ...
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Do “alborada”, “amanecer”, and “madrugada” refer to the same thing?

In English we have the two words "dawn" and "sunrise". But in Spanish there are three words, "alborada", "amanecer", and "madrugada". Do the three Spanish words refer to the same thing? Or is one ...
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Lo que no puede ser, no puede ser, y además es imposible

¿Cómo explicarías a un extranjero el significado de nuestra frase "Lo que no puede ser no puede ser, y además es imposible"?
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Different words for “hole”

Spanish has several words that could be translated "hole" in English: hoyo agujero hueco bache boquete brecha madriguera What are the differences between these words? In what situations can each ...
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How do you translate “cuando llegue mañana, hoy ya se habrá ido para siempre”?

Cuando llegue mañana, hoy ya se habrá ido para siempre. About this sentence cuando + subjuntivo, habrá (future): How can you translate this and when do you use this kind of structure? If you ...
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How to ask if a restaurant/store has something

In English, I may ask, "do you have tea?" to a waiter or waitress. This "you" may be plural since asking, "do you all (y'all) have tea?" makes sense, but I guess it could also be singular (more along ...
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What is the Spanish word for cheek?

Is it mejilla or cachete? Are there dialectical differences? If yes, what are they and which word is used in what context?
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Use of “me” in the phrase “me llevo este”

I would like to know what kind of word is "me" in the phrase "me llevo este" (meaning I'll take this one). Is it a reflexive verb? How can you tell? Thanks a lot.
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What's the meaning of “dar” in “dar por supuesto”?

In an exercise I came across the following sentence: Mis colegas dan por supuesto que yo termino el trabajo. I wonder about the expression dan por supuesto. I learned that dar is most frequently ...
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Information or resources on the correct use of “a”/prepositions with infinitive verbs

When constructing sentences I am not certain whether or not to use "a" prior to an infinitive. Considering the infinitive itself means - to ____ : To my understanding "Voy a leer" - I go to ...
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Significado del prefijo “para-” en palabras compuestas

¿Cuál sería el siginifcado o qué debo entender sobre el prefijo para- en palabras compuestas? Por ejemplo: Paramédico Paramilitar
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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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Why is the “Pretérito perfecto simple” also called “Pretérito indefinido”?

As this answer points out, Pretérito perfecto simple and Pretérito indefinido refer to the same tense. This is actually quite confusing to me, because this tense is used for actions in the past that ...
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Analysis and Translation of the song “Mientras duermen los niños” by Jose Luis Perales [closed]

I cannot find the translation of this song in English. It looks to be some sort of ballad with very deep lyrics but there are some elements of marching in the tone which doubts me. The what I can ...
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How to Translate “Sabor A Mi” into English

"Sabor a Mi" is the title of a song in Spanish. http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/los_panchos/sabor_a_mi.html Usually, sabor is a noun. But in this context, it seems to be used more like a verb. ...
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Origin of contigo and similar “contractions”

What's the history of the words contigo, conmigo, etc? They're treated like contractions for con ti and con mi, respectively, but they actually make the word longer rather than shorter, as ...
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¿Cuál es el significado de agazapar?

Durante mis 25 años de vida, pasados entre Cuba, Ecuador, y los Estados Unidos no he visto ni leído la palabra "agazapado" que hoy encontré en un libro. ¿Ésta es una palabra común en latinoamérica?
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When to use ya and todavía

What are the rules for when to use ya and todavía? (Or ya no and todavía no)? In many contexts, ya translates to yet or already, and todavía translates to still, but this simple understanding has ...
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How to congratulate to somebody's name day?

How can I congratulate to somebody's name day in Spanish? What phrase is used? I read about name days in Spain and it seems that name days are no longer celebrated in Spain. ...
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Traducción de “meta” referido a los sitios meta de Stack Exachange network

¿Cual sería una traducción de la palabra "Meta" con referencia a los sitios meta de la red de Stack Exchange? Yo puedo inferir por el mismo link que ponen ellos en su pagina de about us que es ...
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Pronombres personales y su función sintáctica

Estoy leyendo La Casa de Bernarda Alba de Federico García Lorca. Encontré una frase que no era capaz de analizar: Es capaz de sentarse encima de tu corazón y ver cómo te mueres durante un año sin ...
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Phrase used for daily status meeting?

What phrase is used in Latin America for a daily status meeting among coworkers or team members in a business setting?
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“A mi lado” o “Al lado mío”

Yo sé que lo más correcto es decir "a mi lado", pero en la región de donde vengo, es habitual decir "al lado mío". Ahora vivo en el extranjero y mucha gente se extraña de la expresión y me dicen que ...
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What is the most idiomatic translation of “no way!”

The phrase "no way" is similar to this question about the expression "you wish!" but is perhaps more of an expression of disbelief or rejection of what the other speaker says (short for There is no ...
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¿Cuáles son las distinciones más importantes del castellano amazónico del Perú?

Se dice aquí que hay cinco variaciones del español hablado en el Perú, y que el español amazónico parece predominar en un área geográficamente más extensa que los otros dialectos. Supongo que hay ...
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Comparing number of words in Spanish and English

In thinking about the expressiveness of Spanish vs. English, I was wondering: About how many Spanish words exist (in total) About how many English words exist (in total) About how many Spanish words ...
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Spanish for “Of course”

As I remember from my basic Spanish class, my teacher used to use the phrase Claro que si for the English phrase Of course. But, most of the translators like Google translate and all show the ...
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¿Cuál sería una equivalente de -just hear me out- en castellano?

Quiero saber una frase para responder cuando alguien te interrumpa, y solo quieres decir lo que quieres decir. Un amigo mío de Colombia sugirió la frase -solo escúchame- Me gustaría saber otras ...
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El autor del cuento del 'vagabundo' [closed]

Hace muchísimo tiempo, leí un cuento que me gustaba mucho y por más que busco, no lo hallo en ningun lugar por internet. No estoy completamente seguro del título, pero creo que se llamaba "El ...
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“True” meaning of “por cierto”

I have always thought of the expression of "por cierto" as meaning "certainly" or "surely." It certainly "looks" that way (for certainly). And even Google Translate gives it that meaning, as well as ...
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Adjectives that modify more than one noun

Where do you place an adjective (or noun adjunct in the following example) in Spanish if it is understood in the English to modify more than one noun in the sentence? For example: "Members of the ...
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¿Debo utilizar «decirle» o «decirles»?

Estoy redactando un documento de adiestramiento y me encuentro con una duda sobre el uso de esta palabra. La oración es la siguiente: La idea es decirle a los integrantes qué se les va a presentar ...
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llamar with names

Me llamo Mary. So the common way to say this in English is "My name is Mary", but the literal translation is more like: I call myself Mary. So I wonder, if we take this in English: Call ...
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¿Cuál es el gentilicio de las personas de Alaska?

¿Cuál es el gentilicio correcto para hacer referencia a las personas que viven en Alaska?
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Significado de “alta llanta” en Argentina

Viendo este video de Capusotto, supongo que "alta llanta" es un término común en Argentina. ¿Qué significa?
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What are the origins of the demonym “pinolero”? / Orígenes del término «pinolero»

While researching a little bit about Nicaragua for my Spanish class presentation, I became curious as to why there is no good explanation for the origins of the word “pinolero” Nicaraguans sometimes ...
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¿Qué significa “salir del paso?”

Estoy leyendo esta página, y tiene la frase: Es una solución para salir del paso. Da mejores resultados entre idiomas de origen indoeuropeo, como es de esperar. Pero si se necesita una traducción ...
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“ir a «infinitive»” vs. future tense

There are two ways to indicate a future action, ir a «infinitive» and the future tense. How do I decide which to use when? Is one form more common when spoken or in writing? Is there a regional ...
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Translation of “in a pickle” and related phrases

In English there are several idioms or phrases that describe being in the midst of a very difficult situation: in a pickle in a quandary in a predicament in between a rock and a hard place How ...
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¿Qué significa en esta canción “los trillos de la entrega”?

De la RAE, trillo significa m. Instrumento para trillar, que comúnmente consiste en un tablón con pedazos de pedernal o cuchillas de acero encajadas en una de sus caras. m. Can. y Am. Senda ...
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Responding to an apology (no problem, don't worry about it, etc.)

What are the common ways of responding to an apology? In English, if someone says "Sorry I didn't/couldn't do (whatever)" (or simply bumps into you accidentally and says "sorry") we'd say things like: ...
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Cerca vs. acerca vs. cercano

What is the exact difference between these words? If I were to translate, for instance, “I am near the bank”, which one of the following would be the best way to go and why: Estoy cerca del banco. ...
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How did “asistir” and “atender” become opposite of their cognates in english?

"Atender" is translated as to assist in spanish, while "asistir" is translated as "to attend". These words seem to be cognates of each other, but have opposite meanings when translated. How did this ...
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2answers
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¿Qué quiere decir “engatillado”?

Sé lo que dice el RAE sobre la palabra. Sobre los animales y sobre la chapa. Pero cuando alguien me dice: Chepe estabas engatillado! Eso ¿qué quiere decir? La expresión viene de Colombia.
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¿Qué significa “curtido a pie de calle”?

Empiecé a leer esta entrevista y encontré esa expressión, "curtido a pie de calle": este gobernante de raza, curtido a pie de calle y en la lucha sindical ¿Qué eso significa? Sé lo que significa ...
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How to translate “about”?

I have come across two translations: acerca de and sobre. Which one is the most accurate translation for a construct such as “This book is about a cat” or “They are talking about you”? If they both ...
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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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To express nothing much (versus not much) can I say “nada mucho”?

I learned "no mucho" for not much, but when I went to Spain, I heard "nada mucho" in conversational Spanish. Specifically in Granada, where many would say "graNADA mucho" to "What's up" questions. I ...

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