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“Instante eterno”, ¿cuál es la figura?

Tengo estos pares que, por su significado, no pueden estar juntos, pero que por un juego de palabras tienen algún sentido figurado o son humorísticos. Pero no puedo recordar (o nunca he sabido) su ...
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Difference between “comprender” and “entender”

What's the difference if both mean "to understand"? One source (spanish.about.com) says the comprender implies a deeper understanding than entender but that doesn't help much. Is there any thumb-rule ...
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In fieri del efecto. What does “fieri” mean?

The sentence is this one: «Hay que tener presente aquí que el infinito de que se trata en las vías es un infinito metafísico(...) y no un infinito matemático(...) ni físico, en el que las causas son ...
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Buen fin de semana

Today I came across a Facebook post about weekend titled "Buen Fin". I know "happy weekend" translates as "buen fin de semana" and I reckon buen fin to be just an abbreviation. What I want to know ...
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Rascarse una pantorrilla contra otra

[Dioniso] sigue rascándose una pantorrilla contra otra, desesperado. Entiendo que la pantorrilla es la parte de la pierna opuesta a la rodilla, la parte abultada. Entonces, ¿cómo es posible ...
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«Porque» después de «inclinarse por»

Según este enlace, la conjunción que debe ir separada de por cuando el verbo exija esa preposición. Como ejemplo pongo el verbo inclinarse por: Me inclino por que estés aquí. Se inclinaba por ...
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Difference between “cariciar” and “acariciar”

Both words mean "to caress" or "to fondle" according to the dictionaries. Is it really so? Are the exactly the same thing? If not, in what way does adding that "a" change the meaning? My question also ...
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“Quiero comprarlo” vs “Lo quiero comprar”

Wile studying grammar, I learned that the object pronoun could go in either of the places when the verb is being used as an infinitive. So, for "I want to buy it," both of these sentences would be ...
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Declension of the word “patán”

How does one decline (if at all) the adjective patán? We all know there's inconsistencies in languages and I was thinking about this adjective. My intuition tells me it should be declined, but it ...
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Concordancia de género en el plural con adjetivos disyunctivos

Si tenemos dos cosas que comparten un sustantivo y solo se diferencian por un adjetivo, es posible escribir el sustantivo en plural y los adjetivos en singular (ejemplos del DPD): Las razas negra y ...
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Direct or indirect object for textear?

In a Spanish 4 class, we had been told that the verb textear (to text, i.e. on a cell phone) takes a direct object: Yo la texteé (I texted her) However, I had asked the teacher regarding a ...
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Hablar contigo vs Hablarte vs Hablar con tú

What's the difference in connotation between these three phrases? Are they all correct? I am trying to say I want to talk to you. Quiero hablarte. Quiero hablar contigo. Quiero hablar ...
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What Does “MAE” Mean And Is It Only Specific To Costa Rica?

I've seen MAE in Costa Rica used a bit and I was wondering if it is exclusive only to Costa Rica and also it's general meaning? Context is my girlfriend's brother told me this MAE QUE BUEN ...
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¿Por qué el español se pronuncia como se escribe?

¿Por qué el español, a diferencia de otros lenguajes como el inglés, se escribe como se pronuncia (o se pronuncia como se escribe)? En mis tiempos de estudiante, durante una clase de lengua salió ...
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Difference between “regüeldo” and “eructo”

Both translate as burp or belch. Although each might have other connotations as well, I am only interested in the Spanish for a burp. What's the difference and if it's just dialectical, which one of ...
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Difference between “rubor” and “sonrojo”

I was looking for the Spanish for blush and found sonrojo along with the corresponding verb sonrojar. I was happy with that until I tried using Google Translate which gave me rubor. Dictionaries give ...
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Etymology of “plática”

DRAE doesn't say anything beyond that it comes from Latin. Wiktionary doesn't give even that. I even tried a bunch of other resources but nothing came out. Yes, I know it comes from Latin but I would ...
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Is “Arcilla” for “Clay” used only in Spain (or only used outside of Mexico)?

My name is Clay. A Mexican friend finds the name somewhat amusing: as if somebody were named "Dirt," I guess. He said my equivalent name in Mexico would be "Barro." I find that "Arcilla" also means ...
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Why is the “H” in Hector pronounced?

The letter "H" is usually (always?) silent in Spanish. So why is the name "Hector" pronounced "Heck-ter" and not "Eck-ter"? Or is "Hector" an anglicization of the spelling of a name which is really ...
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Translation of “no hay que”

As I understand it, hay que means something like "one should" or "one has to" in English. However, with no hay que I'm not so sure. Does it mean: One shouldn't One doesn't have to The difference ...
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Etymology of “rato”

Rato means moment, while, or any short period of time in English and comes from the Latin word, raptus. Now raptus is a past participle of rapio which translates as "to snatch away or carry off." How ...
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“Magia” vs “Mágico”: What's the difference?

According to the dictionary, both words mean magic. But there's got to be some difference, even if it's subtle. Is one more to do with wizardry and the other with magic tricks? Or is it something ...
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Usage of the word Zarigüeya

I know that Mexico uses tlacuache, but by action of the TV zarigüeya is entering to Mexico, so I'm curious about the countries were the word is actually used. I'd like to know if there are countries ...
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What does “no te pases” mean?

I've been learning Spanish for three months and, in order to train my hearing skill, I've recently started to watch a cooking channel on YouTube (in Spanish, of course). One phrase that I hear very ...
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Why so much controversy over a little old word like “Pan”?

According to translate.com, "the pan" is "el sartén". According to duolingo, the object suffers from gender confusion and can be either "el sartén" or "la sartén" Why would it have two different ...
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Etymology of “broma”

According to dictionaries, this word comes from the Ancient Greek word βρῶμα (brôma), which has the following meanings: a shipworm (Teredo navalis) that bores into wooden piers, ships, etc. that ...
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Etymology of “equipo” as the Spanish for team

I know equipo also means equipment which is pretty straightforward. But how did the word come to mean team? Team and equipment seem to be two entirely different concepts with nothing in common between ...
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Difference between “chiste” and “chanza”

Online dictionaries translate both as jokes but I am sure they've got to have some differences in either meaning or usage. Can anyone help? Also, although the difference between broma and chiste has ...
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“Tratado” vs. “trato”

Dictionaries say both mean treaty or treatment except that tratado also happens to be the past participle of tratar. Other than tratado's meaning as the past participle of tratar, that's the ...
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What is the meaning of derezoso? and in this context? or is it perezoso?

The sentence is the following: «Volverse derezoso es el modo de permitir el deterioro de la virtude.» I tried looking for the meaning, but I didn't find one. I think this is probably a typo, and they ...
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“Con matices” meaning and usage

So I'm reading this article on El País and I bumped into a phrase which sounds a little weird (even though I can guess the meaning). A ver, con matices. The closest thing that comes to mind is ...
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Help to translate these words

I want to ask a question (like it should be). So, Angel Di Maria has a tattoo that says: "Nacer en El Perdriel fué y será lo mejor que me pasó en la vida", which means: "To be born in El ...
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“Lucha” vs “Pelea”: what's the difference?

The dictionary translates both as fight or struggle. Is there any subtle difference in usage or context, or is it just a matter of personal choice? Which of the two is preferred in Latin America ...
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Bando vs banda: What's the difference?

Both words translate as band, group, faction, or gang according to Wiktionary. Although the words do have a few other meanings as well but I am only interested in this context for now. So, in the ...
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Use of subjunctive

Present subjunctive or subjunctive in general is used to express doubt. Even though this has been explicitly stated on my textbook, there still came times when I found some example sentences of ...
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¿En qué paises aplica la acepción anatómica de “pito”?

En el DRAE: Pito m. coloq. pene. Esta acepción es conocida en Argentina, pero por lo que me dijeron, no es universal, ni siquiera en Sudamérica. ¿Alguien sabe a qué países aplica y a ...
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Palabras en castellano análogas a “safety” y “security” en inglés

Según Google, las palabras inglesas "safety" y "security", traducidas al castellano, ambas significan "seguridad". Sin embargo, "safety" y "security" no significan exactamente lo mismo en inglés. Por ...
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“Te tengo que decir adiós” o “tengo a decir adiós”

¡Buenas, amigos! Yo tengo una pregunta, yo escucho una canción, y algunas palabras son: "Te tengo que decir adios" ¿Cómo? Al decir "I have to say goodbye" en español, ¿por qué no dice "yo ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “no te vayas” y “no te vayas a ir”?

Si hay alguna diferencia en sentido o situaciones cuando se aplica. He recibido "no te vayas a ir" de mi amiga (de Colombia) pero no estoy seguro como hay que interpretar esta frase.
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imperative for Be Quiet / Hush

What is the best informal imperative form for saying Be Quiet! or Hush! e.g. to a small child or pet? A friend of mine said ¡Callado! would work, not sure about that or ¡Cállate! (which I guess means ...
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Etymology of alipús

Alipús is the word for booze in Mexico but I don't understand where it comes from. To me it sounds like an Arabic loanword but that's just a wild guess. So far I haven't been able to find its ...
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The use of present subjunctive

It is certain that you will find a secretary who can use a computer. The first part es cierto indicates that there is no use of subjunctive. The part I have problem with is the part that says ...
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Mystery wrapped in an enigma

I am trying to say, in Spanish: A mystery wrapped in an enigma Would: Un misterio envuelto en un enigma be correct grammar?
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Etymology of “receta”

Both receta and recipe descend from a common Latin source, receptus. And receptus is the past participle of recipiō, which means to take or receive. This Latin word also evolved into receipt of ...
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Spanish for “spoon” in Venezuela and Guatemala

I know spoon is cuchara in Spanish. But I have also read that cuchara is a vulgar slang term for vagina in countries like Venezuela, Guatemala, and El Salvador. My question is what's the word one ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

¿Qué significa el se en esta frase? Siempre didáctico, hizo [Melquíades] una sabia exposición sobre las virtudes diabólicas del cinabrio. Úrsula no le hizo caso, sino que se llevó los niños a ...
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What is the origin of all the tenses in Spanish? — e.g yo escribí

When conjugating preterite, it seems odd that the -é/í ending is used for the yo form while the -ó/ió is used for the él form. In the present tense, -o is used for the yo form while -e is (for ...
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When to use indefinite article?

I learned from my teacher that indefinite articles (un, una) are used only before modified nouns, that is nouns followed by adjectives. Does this apply to definite articles (el, la)? Another ...
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Spanish for “brass”

What's the difference between latón and azófar? Both are given by Google as the Spanish for brass. Is there any regional variation in usage? What's the preferred word in daily speech if at all they ...
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Antiquated uses of haber

Today, someone told me that haber can be used to indicate possession, apparently because in early Spanish haber was used to mean tener. They gave the specific example of: Hemos un bocadillo (We have ...

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