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Why do you use “al” before a verb?

I understand that al is a combination of a + el when used before a noun, however in what situations would you use it in front of a verb, for instance 'Al llegar al tercer semaforo...'
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congratulations: felicidades vs. felicitaciones

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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When do you use 'para' and when do you use 'por'? [duplicate]

How do you know when to use 'para' and when do you use 'por'?
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¿De dónde proviene la palabra 'meacamas'?

¿Cuales son el origen y significado de la primera parte de esa palabra, es decir, lo del 'me'? Si la primera parte es una forma abreviada de meter, o la de otro verbo semejante, en ese caso no está ...
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Proper way to express the time of a flight

I need to say "My flight is at 10". I can imagine several translations: Mi vuelo esta a las 10. Mi vuelo es a las 10. Mi vuelo sale a las 10. Yo vuelo a las 10. Are any of these ...
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El uso de “comerse”

Qué diferencias hay entre las oraciones siguientes : Así que empezaron a comerse las paredes de la casa. Así que empezaron a comer las paredes de la casa.
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Indicative and subjunctive after time constructions

I have a few questions regarding the use of some verbs after time constructions like "tan pronto como" or "en cuanto." If I am saying.... Los domingos por la mañana vemos televisión. Tan pronto ...
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A lo de mi abuela / Donde mi abuela

Quiero decir: "Voy a la casa de mi abuela". En Argentina siempre he escuchado: "voy a lo de mi abuela". En Chile, parece que utilizan: "Voy donde mi abuela". Qué suelen decir en los otros paises? ...
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me/te/nos hace falta / passive form

So after reading this question I came up with a really bad doubt. In the past I was using quite often "(no) se hace falta" to say for instance, that "it is (not) necessary to", but I've by then been ...
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¿Cuál es la palabra más generalmente aceptada para decir “calzado deportivo”?

Desde hace mucho tiempo he tenido esta duda, pero recientemente en esta pregunta nuevos zapatos por/para España? me surgió nuevamente. Yo siempre creí que la palabra "zapatilla" era la más ...
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Best Spanish translation for “Visit Google Maps for [address]”

What’s the best Spanish translation for “Visit Google Maps for [address]” or “Look up [address] on Google Maps”? (Of course, [address] is supposed to be replaced by any street address.) If it helps, ...
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On the fly / sobre la marcha

Still with software science translations.. Now I'm coming to you with this expression that have always bothered me: "on the fly" How the hood would you translate that elegantly to spanish? It feels ...
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How to translate “News Junkie” to Spanish?

Does anyone know what would be the right translation of the term "news junkie" to Spanish? Or a term which better fits as most used translation for it?
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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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¿Existe la palabra “modularizar” en español?

En ciencias computacionales es común utilizar el término "modularizar", para denotar algo que se divide en módulos (herencia del inglés "modularize"). Sin embargo, mi procesador de textos (Word) no ...
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“¿Me lo puedo probar?” vs “¿Lo puedo probar?”

¿Qué diferencia hay entre las oraciones siguientes? ¿Me lo puedo probar? ¿Lo puedo probar?
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nuevos zapatos por/para España?

I am learning Spanish and want to post a picture of my new running shoes that I will be using in the Madrid marathon. Which is correct? nuevos zapatos por España or nuevos zapatos para ...
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'Controlar' en lenguaje formal

En el Metro de Madrid, así como en otros lugares en España, aconsejan al usuario por megafonía que "Controle sus pertenencias en todo momento, por su seguridad." Me da la impresión de que Controlar, ...
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¿Es válido decir “eso pasó ahorita”?

En Medellín (Colombia) se dice mucho "eso pasó ahorita", pero parecería ser que "ahora" o "ahorita" es más de futuro. Ejemplo: Ellos vienen ahora. o Ellos llegaron ahorita. No suena bien. ...
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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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Meaning of “andar de vago(a)”

I have heard this phrase, and several similar around the word "vago", but I don't really understand what it means. The word "vago" seems to translate directly to "vague"... But what does this sort of ...
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Stir the pot, in American Spanish

What is the correct way to express this idiomatic expression? -- Stir the pot -- My goal is to say something like "she stirs the pot even more by inviting this person to her house." I would imagine ...
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Translation of “twang”

In English (at least American English), "twang" is an onomatopoeia describing the sound of a plucked or vibrating string. It also describes a characteristic of that sound (more common in, say, country ...
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When using object pronouns, should I say “la van a ver a” or “la van a ver”?

If I have a question: ¿Quiénes van a ver a Luisa el domingo? I can answer it someway like this, using object pronoun (I do not know if this is the right way to say that in English): Los alumnos van ...
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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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How to avoid the lexical redundancy in the literal Spanish translation of “to ask a question”?

In English we have different words for the verb to ask and the noun question. But in Spanish to ask is preguntar and question is pregunta. This always causes me to stumble when speaking Spanish and ...
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“xq” in Internet slang/abbreviations

In informal chat conversations online, I have seen Spanish speakers write the abbreviation "xq." What does this stand for, and why?
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Internet Chat laughter in Spanish

In English we tend to use: lol = laughing out loud; rofl = rolling on the floor laughing; lmao = laughing my a** off; roflmao = rolling on the floor laughing my a** off. These are just some of the ...
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how to translate the software specific expression “how to” in Castellano?

There's something in software or websites that is called a "how-to" section, it is like a frequently asked questions (faq) section but with a content closer to be a tutorial of how to do something in ...
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How did the words “mataburros” and “tumbaburros” come to mean “dictionary”?

The recent question about irregular plurals led me to a couple of odd and interesting words that apparently mean "dictionary" in at least one sense each: mataburros tumbaburros The connection ...
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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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Significado de “presente” en una carta. ¿Se escribe dos puntos después del destinatario?

Por ejemplo, suelo encontrar los encabezados de las cartas como sigue: Cierta ciudad, Cierto país, ...
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Different words for “stop”

In English, we have a fairly generic verb "to stop" that can be used in many different contexts. For example: Stop talking to me! The driver saw the red light and stopped his car. You really need to ...
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Translation of “real estate”

I have read that "real estate" can be translated as: bienes raíces bienes inmuebles inmuebles What is the difference between these terms, and which is the most generic translation of "real ...
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Equivalent phrase for the modern english 'Moot Point'?

Although the origins of 'moot point', appear to have the opposite meaning, I'm wondering does anybody have a short phrase in Spanish for the modern meaning: something irrelevant or not valid for ...
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¿Cuándo quitaron los acentos de las palabras como “fué”?

He leído que hace años la RAE cambiaron las reglas para quitar las tildes de las palabras como fué, dió, etc. ¿Cuándo pasó eso? ¿Por qué hizo este cambio la RAE? ¿Cuáles fueron las palabras afectadas? ...
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Differences between “razón de,” “razón por la que,” and “razón para”

I think I've heard three ways of translating "the reason [something happened]" or "the reason [for something]": la razón para la razón de la razón por la que What is the difference between these ...
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How to use “A golpe de silbato”?

A golpe de silbato. literally means blow a whistle. However, it is used to describe fast actions and/or decisions. Could someone explain more about it and when/how to use it correctly? ...
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Alternatives to “ya me voy”

"Ya me voy" is sometimes heard often; for example at the end of the workday. What alternative phrases convey a similar meaning? "Me marcho" comes to mind, but it seems to connote walking in formation. ...
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Easy reading for someone with one year in Spanish language? [closed]

I have been studying Spanish once a week for two semesters now. We have covered two different past tenses plus future tense and I thought it might be a good time to start doing some reading on my own. ...
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What does “alma sucia” mean?

What does it mean? I've checked the literal meaning with Google: dirty soul I was looking for something more elegant, that shows its tone. Is it an idiom?
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En esta oración compleja ¿cuáles son las oraciones subordinadas y qué función desempeñan?

Oración compleja: ha sido en la última década cuando la importación de vocablos de ese idioma ha crecido, sobre todo entre los jóvenes. Estoy un poco inseguro de cuáles son las oraciones ...
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Palabras sobreesdrújulas: ¿cuándo se escriben con tilde?

Todas las palabras esdrújulas llevan tilde. Había oido que las sobreesdrújulas también lo llevan, pero encontré "exactamente" y otros adverbios escritos sin acento. ¿Cuál es exactamente la regla de ...
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Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, or Sudamérica?

Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, Sudamérica or other? For someone living in Venezuela or Chile, for example, what term would I be most likely to hear to describe countries south of the US? The terms ...
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What is the intended meaning of “maría” in this news article?

While reading an article in El País, I saw this in the last sentence in the 4th paragraph (emphasis mine): “La Religión, según esos acuerdos, no puede ser considerada una maría, y debe tener el ...
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How do you describe a pie pan in Spanish?

Even my Mexican friends don't know how to say "pie pan" or "pie tin" in Spanish. Google isn't much help, either. How can I effectively communicate about a pie pan? Examples: Disposable, single-use ...
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Why is “voy” used in “voy perdiendo” instead of “estoy”?

Apparently "Voy perdiendo" means "I'm losing." But I thought the present participle was formed using estar. I am confused!
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Me gustaría / quisiera / querría

I usually use "me gustaría" when asking for something or expressing myself towards something I would like to do. How about "quisiera" and "querría" can both be used the same way and what are the ...
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Translation of “audio signalling”

How do I translate "audio signalling of each detected particle" I was trying: Señalización de audio para cada particula detectada or Señalamiento con audio para cada particula detectada ...
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Is there a Spanish equivalent for the French word “voilà”?

A rough English translation for the French word "voilà" might be "there it is." One of my former Spanish teachers (an American, not a native speaker), would use the word "eso" in this context, in ...

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