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Which conditional form should I use if I am the subject?

I want to say: I am not sure if I should eat breakfast. I am guessing this is perfectly correct: No estoy seguro si debería comer el desayuno. I use this spanish checker here to check my ...
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Can you use the conditional and the subjunctive together?

I'm having issue determining whether to use conditional or subjunctive or both. I understand that conditional is a tense while subjunctive is a mood, but I still have trouble with usage. To my ...
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If the subject doesnt change, when do I use the infinitive?

So I know this works with the infinitive: quiero tomar leche But what if there are multiple verbs or different scenarios? What are the rules? For example: Yo he estado considerando hacer un ...
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Título laboral con mayúsculas iniciales

Por favor, me gustaría saber si es correcto usar letras mayúsculas al principio de cada palabra en un título laboral como por ejemplo: Alberto Pérez, Auditor de Cuentas María García, Director ...
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Can “muelle” be the 3rd person singular of a verb?

"Muelle" comes up in a poem by the Mexican poet Pedro Serrano. The context is: "...el conejo en el césped húmedo / salta y muelle su curvatura". Can "muelle" be the 3rd person singular form of ...
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“¿Qué quiere ser?” o “¿qué querrá ser?”

I am currently trying to figure out how to ask someone what they want to be in the future, as in what do they want to do career-wise. I am not sure which way sounds better. I feel as though the ...
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The meaning of “me gustas tú” [duplicate]

What does me gustas tú mean in Spanish? I was told it means I like you. I'm currently learning Spanish, and was wondering why "Me gustas tú" = "I like you" and not "You like me." The verb ends in ...
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¿Es correcto decir “no te sé decir”?

¿Es correcto decir "no te sé decir" o "no te sabría decir", en lugar de "no sé decirte" o "no sabría decirte"?
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why does my book say “Los tacos son ricos”?

I came across the usage "los tacos son ricos"? Does that mean that they are rich instead of tasting good? Is this correct? I thought that one had to use estar in this context.
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¿Por qué las cosas fáciles se hacen “con la gorra”?

Es común, al menos en España, decir que algo se ha hecho "con la gorra" cuando se hace sin mayor esfuerzo. Ese chico es muy listo. Saca la mayor nota en todos los exámenes con la gorra. De ...
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What is the meaning of “los sien”?

A short while later I discovered that she had left vases filled with red roses all over the house, and a card on my pillow: I hope you reach a hunnert. This is English ...
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¿Por qué “quedarse roque” significa dormirse?

Con frecuencia decimos: Juan se ha quedado roque Para decir que esa persona se ha quedado dormida, con cierta connotación de "muy dormido". La RAE lo contempla en su segunda acepción de la ...
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Does “Downpour” mean “Water Zero”?

The Spanish word "aguacero" means "downpour." If you break it up, it seems to literally be "water zero." Is there anything to this? Is the etymology here implying that so much water fell to earth that ...
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“Mano a mano” in south America

Are there additional meanings to "mano a mano" besides "going head to head" with someone? Especially, can "mano" take on a different meaning in this phrase from the standard meaning "hand"? I have ...
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(Por qué) Está bien dicho: “Voy a que me corten el pelo”

Generalmente, cuando vamos a la peluquería, usamos esta expresión: Voy a que me corten el pelo. Aunque sabemos perfectamente que va a ser una única persona la que haga esta labor. La pregunta ...
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Are there verbs in Spanish meaning “to use the familiar/formal you” (like “to be on first-name terms” or “du sagen” in German)?

In Spanish you have 2 forms of you: tú for familiar addressing (friends/peers) Usted for formal addressing Is there a single verb meaning "to use tú to address him", something like the German du ...
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Omisión de artículo

¿Por qué cuando aclaramos un sustantivo con adjetivo, en algunos casos omitimos el artículo? Por ejemplo en: Necesito agua potable ¿Por qué no es? Necesito un agua potable Amor también ...
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Uso de condicional en preguntas y puntuación

¿Una de las siguientes frases es más correcta que la otra? Te ganas $5000 en la lotería. Tu pareja sugiere que dones el dinero a los más necesitados. ¿Lo haces? Te ganas $5000 en la lotería. Tu ...
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What does García Márquez mean by saying “making mules sing”?

La niña estaba en el cuarto desde las diez, me dijo; era bella, limpia y bien criada, pero estaba muerta de miedo, porque una amiga suya que escapó con un estibador de Gayra se había desangrado ...
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What is the meaning of “perdóname la vida”?

In García Márquez's "Memories of My Melancholy Whores", in some point Rosa Cabarcas, while talking to the Maestro, says " Ay, maestro, perdóname la vida". The English translation by Edith Grossman ...
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When push comes to shove

Una frase muy frecuente en inglés es "when push comes to shove" y se usa para determinar el momento en que una situación alcanza su punto crítico o el momento en el que es indispensable pasar a la ...
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I wouldn't know

Could somebody explain the sentence "I wouldn't know"? What would be a Spanish equivalent word/expression, especially in a context similar to this: 'Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know' - ...
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Diferente forma de expresar una frase. Ya sea a través de sinónimos o alterando su orden

Esta frase me suena muy rara. ¿Creen que hay una forma más entendible de expresar el mismo significado? Con el planteamiento apropiado, se podrá alcanzar el número 1 mundial de manera ...
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Use of “x” instead of “ch” in internetslang

Spanish people tend to use "x" instead of "ch" in internet language, for example: "mandixo" = me han dicho "noxe" = noche "muxo" = mucho Why do they do that? Is it only because of save ...
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El uso de “se los” en “se los pasó su número”

En un grupo de español vi que alguien había puesto la frase: Se los pasó su número. Había alguien que se quería agregar al grupo. Lo que no entiendo es que el "los" se refiera a "ustedes". Lo ...
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What is the polite way to order food/drinks?

I often feel as though I may be coming across rude when ordering in Spanish. In English I would say something like: 1) Could I have a coffee please? 2) Can I have a coffee please? 3) I'll have a ...
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What's the difference between “cien” and “centenar”?

I recently read this quote: El libro en inglés es como un centenar de páginas más corto. Why is "un centenar" used here instead of "cien"? When should we use "centenar" vs. "cien"?
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Orden del complemento circunstancial

¿Es una de las formas preferible o es indiferente? Ser el primer gran grupo mediático que muestre ante los pingüinos verdadera profesionalidad y comprensión Ser el primer gran grupo mediático que ...
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Se personal y se pasiva refleja

Is it: ¿En qué circunstancias se usan? (Is this a passive sentence?) ¿En qué circunstancias se los usa? (Is se an ethic dative there?) No sé dónde se encontraron los libros. Does that mean "I don't ...
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¿Existe y cuál es el prefijo para hacia delante/futuras?

Existe el prefijo retro- que indica "hacia atrás" o "del pasado" y mi pregunta es sí existe un prefijo para indicar "hacia delante" o "del futuro". Y en caso de existir ¿cuál es el prefijo?
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De forma habitual vs. habitualmente

¿Es más correcto decir "de forma habitual" o "habitualmente" o ambas? Ejemplo: Actualmente 250 millones de personas siguen el baloncesto de forma habitual. vs. Actualmente 250 millones de ...
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What is the purpose of “se” in this sentence “Él se va al restaurante.”? [duplicate]

I do not understand the rules behind having "se" in a sentence. Does it not make sense without it in this example? Where I am trying to learn this does not explain the rule.
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Differences between “passive se” and “impersonal se”

There's a similar question, but the author and answers seem to focus more on using 'se' in reflexive verbs rather than the question mentioned in the title. My understanding is that with both 'passive ...
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Is the v in “vino” pronunciated as a b or v? [duplicate]

I am learning Castillian Spanish and have been given different information by 2 people from mainland Spain (Europe). I understand that the v sounds like a b (also I've heard it described as a soft b) ...
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Significado y gramática de “niñas bien”

Hace poco he visto la publicidad de un jabón de uso vaginal que dice ser "el de las niñas bien". La entonación del anuncio es claramente mexicana. Yo soy chileno y hace mucho tiempo había escuchado ...
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How do I say “X doesn't strike me as…” in Spanish?

I want to say the following in correct Spanish. We will see, but at the moment the only thing that matters is project MMX. Michael doesn't strike me as a man who puts much importance in money. ...
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“No sé lo que es”: meaning and grammar

"No sé lo que es eso" means "I don't know what that is." But does "No sé lo que es" mean "I don't know what it is." or is it even grammatically correct?
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¿“Mover” y “apartar” son sinónimos?

¿Hay "mover la mirada"? ¿Son lo mismo significado "apartar la mirada" y "mover la mirada"? ¿Hay alguna diferencia en significado entre ellas? Busqué el diccionario y los sinónimos de apartar son ...
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How to say this in correct Spanish “This is not the official page, just a fanpage”

I want to translate the following sentence into correct Spanish. This is not the trainer's official page, only a fanpage. Would this be a correct translation: 'Esta no es la página oficial del ...
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¿Hay algunas diferencias entre “asombrado” y “asombroso”?

Hay algunas diferencias entre "asombrado" y "asombroso"? El inglés traducciones son "astonished, amazed" y "astonishing, amazing" respectivamente.
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¿Cómo se dice “I don´t know any alegrías falsetas” en español?

¿Yo debería usar "no sé" o "no conozco" u otra palabra? ¿Puedo decir "No conozco ningunas falsetas alegrías"?
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¿Quiénes son las “personas de la tercera edad”?

Who are "persons of the third age"? Yo veo y leo esto en CNN en español: "...un centro para personas de la tercera edad" Is "the third age" the final stage of life? Such as: personas de la ...
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76 views

“De ala fija” meaning

¡Hola! En un artículo sobre las curiosidades de aeropuertos encontré una frase que no puedo entender. Incluso el traductor de Google no da respuesta comprensible. Este aeropuerto solamente es ...
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El agua, La Argentina, why? [duplicate]

I saw this Why is "agua" masculine in singular form and feminine in plural? "El agua" / "Las aguas" but no one told the reason why Argentina is not El Argentina as agua ...
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How to properly label someone as “Spanish Speaking”?

I'm updating a list of employees for a client and came across one labeled as "Spanish Speaking." I'd like to replace that with the appropriate word or words in Spanish. The three options I've found ...
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The distinction among ke, gue, que, and ce, ze

As title, I cannot tell the differences. The most important is I found some spanish speakers write 'k' instead of 'que'. Why?
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What are Spanish common tense and literary tense

I hear there are common tenses and literary tense in Spanish, although I have tried to google it, I'm still struggling it and very curious. To smoothly self-study Spanish, and avoiding unnecessary ...
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Good ending for cross cultural sponser letter [closed]

I am sponsoring a child in Bolivia as part of a missionary outreach program. the child is a girl and is ten years old. What would a good closing be? This will be my first contact with the child and we ...
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Significado: polvorientas palabras

"Saboreando con fruición las polvorientas palabras". Dudas: Saboreando = do it with pleasure? Con fruición = ¿saboreando? Is it an outdated phrase? Polvorientas palabras: Can't have a clear ...
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Long sentence in a Spanish feed on Twitter

I follow a Spanish feed on Twitter for some easy practice. I came across this tweet the other day: Nunca se me ha ocurrido matarle ni lo he pensado I've never seen so many two letter words in a ...

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