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What's the difference between fue and estuvo

What's the difference between fue and estuvo? They both mean was (past). I know in the present, Spanish makes a difference between ser = to be (permanent) and estar = to be (temporary). fue comes ...
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Where do you specify gender in a sentence?

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. It says that in Spanish, the gender is often not specified. For example: no lo compra - he/she is not buying puede mandárselo - can you ...
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using 'yo' instead of 'estoy'

I have just started learning Spanish and in my reference book I saw a conversation that went like this: Yo un poco cansado ¿y ustedes? Yo muy bien. I would think that you had to say: ...
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¿Qué significa “dar el coñazo”?

Una señora española exclamó: ¡Ay, ya estoy dando el coñazo! Entiendo lo que significa la palabra coño, tanto literalmente como la interjección (y no creo que se refiera a la primera ...
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“Embedding” in Spanish?

I always have difficulties to translate the English word embedding to Spanish. I see that RAE has the word: Embeber tr. Dicho de un cuerpo sólido: Absorber a otro líquido. La esponja ...
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Le/les creo a mis amigos

Una de mis amigas suele decir: Yo le creo a mis amigos. Pero para mi tendría más sentido si "amigos" y el pronombre personal fueran en plural: Yo les creo a mis amigos. Esto suena mal a mi ...
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Plurality of organizations

Spanish beginner here... In one of my LinkedIn groups, a Spanish-speaking gentleman asked if there was any places you could learn to code in Spanish. I answered him "Codecademy tiene un sitio web en ...
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Uso del artículo en los titulares de los periódicos

Leyendo los titulares de periódicos de distintos países de habla hispana, observo que en algunos se utilizan los artículos, mientras que en otros no: El Diario - España Los nuevos gobiernos de ...
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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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Scientific concept into Spanish issue

I have the definition of a mathematical model in English and I have translated it, but I do not think it is correct, I can not figure it out how to translate a little part of it... Can you please ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “hacer estragos”?

Leo lo siguiente en un artículo de Josep Ramoneda: Durante las dos décadas anteriores a la crisis de 2008, la creencia en que no había límites, en que todo era posible, hizo estragos y coronó ...
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Traducción: “America or burst”

No sé a santo de qué ha venido hace poco a mi memoria el recuerdo de la serie Perfect Strangers (titulada Primos Lejanos en España). Aún recuerdo como de pequeño, al ver los títulos de crédito, me ...
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“Rollback” in Spanish?

A "rollback" in Stack Exchange is an action to get a post back to a certain revision in its history. It even has the badge Cleanup for those doing it for the first time. I was wondering: how can ...
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Traducción de “polity”

¿Es gobierno de la denominación una traducción correcta para Denominational polity? Polity se refiere a la estructura de gobierno eclesiástico. The General Synod shall have original authority ...
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What phrases use the word “en” like in the sentence, “Pienso en ti mucho.” [duplicate]

I was corrected by a friend when I told her that I think about her a lot. She said: No, no. Diga Pienso EN ti, no DE ti. How many other phrases make use of the word "en" like this?
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre tú, usted y vos?

He oído las palabras "tú", "usted", y "vos", pero la traducción de todas esas palabras al inglés es la misma: "you". ¿Cuándo es mejor usar "tú" o "vos" en vez de "usted", o viceversa?
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What is apercibido?

Today I looked for the word desapercibido in the RAE and found the following: desapercibido, da. adj. No apercibido. Now, I know what desapercibido means, but then I was curious about ...
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Why do I have to put “que” in the sentence “es que yo sin ti.”?

I can't seem to figure out the grammar for this sentence. I've tried looking online at learning resources but still can't figure it out. Here is the rest of the verse, it's from a song. Es que ...
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Gramática: “te veo los ojos”

I have few questions: In the example "Te veo los ojos", in English that is "I see your eyes". te=your, right? If I change the sentence to "Se veo los ojos", then it will become "I see ...
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lords and ladies

I am trying to learn spanish by watching "Juego de Tronos" ("Game of Thrones"). Frequently, people say what sounds like "mi lord" or "mi lady", but the subtitles usually show "señor(a)". To a native ...
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How would you say “The question asks”?

Along the same vein as this question, how would you say "The question asks...?" For example, "What does the question ask?" or "The question asks that you divide X by Y"
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Is there a Spanish equivalent to Ms.?

As far as I can tell, the honorifics to address a woman are: Señora (Sra.) which is equivalent to "Mrs." and is used to address a married woman; Señorita (Srta.) which is equivalent to "Miss" and is ...
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The correct translation for “ Casa de los Perros”

What is the correct way to say "Casa de los Perros"" 1 .- House of Dogs 2 .- House of the Dogs. Here is a link to the page with a photo of Casa de los Perros
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Which bag is preferred in which situations?

"The bag" can be either "el bolso" or "la bolsa" - is one preferred, or more common, than the other? Is it that one is used in some circumstances, and the other in others?
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Does “parientes” ever mean “parents,” or is it always “relatives”?

I have two friends who speak Spanish; in the case of one, he grew up in Mexico; in the case of the other, his parents spoke Spanish at home when he was young. They both say that "parientes" means ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “salir de cuentas”?

Cuando una mujer está embarazada se dice que "sale de cuentas" en una fecha determinada para referirse a la fecha en que se calcula que nacerá el bebé. Me pregunto: ¿de dónde sale esta expresión? ¿Es ...
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Why do several commercials/announcements put accents on their verbs?

I grew up in Costa Rica, so I can understand Spanish just fine. And yet, there is something I never quite got about the language. Here is an example of such thing in action: Si abandonás este ...
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Is there a non-PITA way to type accented Spanish characters with an English keyboard?

I know one can use a utility to copy special symbols (such as Windows' Character Map to find and copy "ñ"), and one can also use the numeric keypad and enter "Alt+0241" etc., but is there a non-PITA ...
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What's the translation of 'dates'?

When referring to the fruit! (no 'fechas' nor 'meeting') For those argentinians out there: are there dates in Argentina? It looks like some sort of 'higo' but that is 'fig', I even thought it is ...
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¡Vete a freír espárragos!

¿Cuál es el origen de la siguiente expresión? ¡Vete a freír espárragos! Sé que es una versión suavizada de ¡vete al diablo! pero su origen no lo conozco.
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What does “malditas ganas” mean?

There is a popular song now entitled "Malditas Ganas" According to google translate, this is "damn win" That can't be quite right. What is the singer really trying to convey with that?
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¿De dónde proviene la palabra “chiripa”?

La definición que da la RAE la relaciona con el juego del billar, y coloquialmente la define como "carambola". 1. f. En el juego de billar, suerte favorable que se gana por casualidad. 2. f. ...
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What does “de la fila” mean in this context?

Listening to a Spanish radio station this morning, they were counting up the top 10 songs. With at least several of them, they would say, "de la fila" such as: "...Numero cinco, de la fila" Google ...
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What are some effective ways a foreign speaker can improve pronunciation in Spanish?

How can a foreign speaker (where a "foreign speaker" speaks Spanish as a second language) effectively improve their spoken Spanish by improving their pronunciation and reducing their foreign accent. ...
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¿Como difieren “ir _ando” y “estar _ando”?

Hay una forma del verbo que termina en -ndo, como caminando o durmiendo. Yo pienso que esta forma se llama el "participio progresivo". Entiendo como se usa estar con el progresivo, por ejemplo: ...
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¿Puede escindirse el castellano en el futuro? [closed]

En la evolución de los idiomas a veces uno se escinde en dos o en más. Históricamente vemos el latín que evolucionó hasta los actuales castellano, portugués, italiano... También observamos que en ...
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What is “Los Plebes”?

I'm enamored with a musical group called Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. My take on the name was that "Los Plebes del Rancho" was literally "the plebians of the ranch" and thus they were ...
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Should I use subjuntive after 'aunque'?

What is the correct way? Aunque dicen que... Aunque digan que... If the second option - please explain why. My question is based on lyrics from http://www.musica.com/letras.asp?letra=835102 I ...
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How widespread is the use of “hais” instead of the correct “habeis”

After living in Andalucia, Spain, for a number of years I realised my use of "hais" for the second person informal plural (vosotros) of haber instead of "habeis" is incorrect. I don't know where I ...
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Cómo decir “college dropout”?

Aparentemente no hay una traducción exacta del frase inglés "college dropout" ... la mejor que podria encontrar es "estudiante que abandona la universidad antes de graduarse", cual me parece ...
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What does “alimentarse del viento” mean?

If someone puts the phrase "Alimentarse del viento" as their status on a social site, what does it mean?
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How should “Advertencia” be translated as a section appearing at the start of a book?

I am reading "Los Indios" by Antonio Batres Jáuregui; the book begins with a section marked "ADVERTENCIA" A translation of this word appears to be "Warning" or "Caveat", but I reckon there's probably ...
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Is “versus” a Spanish word?

RAE says no, wordreference says yes. Is it used or understood by the Spanish speakers?
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¿Por qué es la palabra «mano» femenina?

En español, tenemos una regla en la cual, generalmente, se puede tener fé. Si una palabra termina con -o, es masculina. Sin embargo, palabras que terminan en -e o -a también pueden ser palabras ...
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Difference between Spanish and Catalan

I recently went to Barcelona and found that the people there speak Catalan but not Spanish. Although, I did listen some words that are common in both Spanish and Catalan, still there was also a ...
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Banking terminology: “cuentas” vs “cuentas claras”

What is the difference in banking terms between "cuentas" and "cuentas claras"? The latter seems to be a service for which the bank charges a fee.
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Cuál sería la traducción de Nice, Great y Good Question?

Esto se refiere a las Medallas de StackOverflow. Tengo: Nice Question => ????????????? | Question score of 10 or more Good Question => Buena pregunta | Question score of 25 or more Great Question ...
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Sobre el uso de la coma opcional [duplicate]

Es frecuente encontrar oraciones de este tipo: al final del día( ) Juan se despide de su mamá con un beso ( ) en la mejilla. En el primer paréntesis, usualmente no se usa la coma, pero es obvio que ...
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Por qué la palabra “español” no tiene acento/tilde sobre la o? [duplicate]

He observado que cuando la énfasis de una palabra no se encuentra en la sílaba antes de la ultima, se pone un tilde. En la palabra "español" no debería ser "españól"? Un amigo mío opina que hay una ...
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...

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