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Preterite vs imperfect with haber

Cuando salimos de la estación, no había ningún taxi. Why use the imperfect instead of preterite? can't the times there wasn't a taxi be counted?
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Imperfect vs Preterite Usage of “ser”

Su salud era delicada porque su corazón no latía. Why use ser instead of estar? Isn't health a not so permanent state? Isn't health described with estar?
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Is “Luisa” in this sentence the indirect object or direct object?

Estaba allí Luisa y la observé sin que mi viera. I think Luisa is the indirect object. Why is she actually the direct object? I'm asking why she's the direct object because "la" signifies direct ...
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Indirect Object and neuter “lo” usage with inanimate objects

Tenía a su lado el balón y le pegó una patada. Why isn't lo used instead of le in this sentence? Doesn't lo refer to inanimate objects and le is used for animate objects? I think le refers to the ...
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Learning how to place accent marks

I have learned in my Spanish studies that there are rules that most Spanish words follow in terms of accentuation. More specifically, words fall into the categories of agudas, graves, and esdrújulas. ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect

Su obra y su personalidad le situaron pronto a la cabeza del grupo. Why don't you use the imperfect tense for the verb situar?
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Uso de Ser vs Estar y objectos directos y indirectors

1.>Esta bolsa está rota. Por qué no puede usar "es" en vez de "estar" en esta frase?
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Future subjunctive vs future indicative vs conditional

How do I say 'If he chats with me again, I will be more restrained.' Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, seré distante. Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, seria distante. Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, fuere ...
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¿Qué significan “achichuca” y “achichay” en Colombia?

Recientemente escuché estas dos palabras del español de Colombia y quisiera saber qué significan. Agradecería si también me pueden decir el origen de estas palabras, que no parecen provenir del ...
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“Leader” en el contexto de una empresa

Cómo se dice "leader" en el contexto de una empresa en español? Por Ejemplo, en ingles dicen: "Apple is a leader in the smartphone market" Pero en español creo líder solo es para persones.
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Stepped Area Chart translation

https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/steppedareachart So, Gráfico de área escalonada no suena muy bien... What would you suggest for a translation?
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If soy and eres mean “I am” and “you are”, when should you use “yo soy” and “tú eres”? [duplicate]

Knowing that verbs imply the subject (unlike English), when is it necessary to be redundant and use the subject? I gathered that it is only used at the beginning of a conversation, but I'm not sure. ...
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What does lavor mean when talking about land?

I've seen this on a website selling land: 120 HECTAREAS DE LAVOR 60 DE PASTOS Y RESTO DEHEZA (It is possible this may be Andaluz - a word used locally in Andalusia)
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Is Spain the only country that uses “vosotros” for “you all”?

Is Spain the only country that uses vosotros for you all (informal) instead of ustedes? (In the second-person perspective). Examples: Spain: Vosotros sois inteligentes. Other (?): Ustedes ...
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Transform your site?

¿Cómo se dice "Transform your site" en Español? Pienso es Convertirse su sito pero no se si es correcto
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How to say “I thought you'd want to know about this”

How would you say "I thought you'd want to know about this." ... The best I could come up with was "Pensé que querrás saber sobre esto." Is this correct?
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Best ways to say “on short notice”?

I'm looking for idiomatic expressions (particularly from Mexico and other parts of Latin America) to say things like "Sorry for telling you about this at/on such short notice." ... that is, how do ...
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Plural form of letters

What is the correct plural of single letters? I encountered three variants: veinte a's, una b, dieciséis c's, trece d's, treinta e's, dos f's, ... (Source) dieciséis «a», una «b», quince «c», once «...
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Bien vs buen/bueno/buena to describe something good

I have encountered phrases like these: La buena comida. El buen hombre. Buenos días. However in none of these instances is it grammatically correct to substitute bien even though it ...
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“Decir mucho o muy poco de algo”

La expresión "Eso dice mucho de él" o "Eso dice muy poco de él", son diferentes en forma, pero ¿se utilizan para el mismo significado? ¿Son expresiones sinónimas o tienen matices distintos? Si los ...
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What's the most appropriate way to stop someone on the street and ask if they speak English?

I learned I can do it in following ways: ¿Disculpe, hablas tú inglés? ¿Disculpe, tú hablas inglés? ¿Disculpe, habla usted inglés? ¿Disculpe, usted habla inglés? ¿Disculpe, hablas inglés? ¿...
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When and why is a “determiner” necessary for a subject?

This answer mentions that: In Spanish, for a number of reasons ... , a subject must have some sort of determiner attached to it. For cena that could be an article like una or la; a quantifier like ...
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Using El, La, Los and Las when it seems that they should not be used

I've been teaching myself Spanish for a while now and am getting ok but I am confused by the use of el, la, los and las. I know that they are used to give gender and number. That's no problem. What ...
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Origen y uso de “buen provecho” en Puerto Rico - Local Use and Meaning

At a restaurant, it is customary for the waiter or waitress to say buen provecho to wish us good eating. I considered it roughly the same as bon apetit in French or English. However, I started ...
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Cuál es el significado de la palabra “hay” en “qué hay sobre”

Era en un tebeo que estoy leyendo. Adición: el contexto: Una persona regresa con comida por solo una otra, y un otro personaje dice "¡¿Qué hay sobre la comida que nosotros queríamos comer?!"
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I need help memorizing Spanish idioms: is there a pattern between the words that I miss? [closed]

There are some idioms that I can't memorize because the way the phrase is in Spanish is unlike the English word. I can't find a logical pattern in why the phrases in Spanish are the way they are. Can ...
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“Sloppiness” by a native Spanish speaker?

I got this in an email from a native Spanish speaker: "Como tenedor mayoritario creo debes proponer tu sobre como disponer de esto." A "literal" English translation would be the (ungrammatical) ...
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Spanish translation of the idiom “Reaching out to you”

I'm attempting to translate the idiom "Reaching out to you" to Spanish. It's informal, but still used in a business sense such as "I'm reaching out to you again about the message I sent you." Is ...
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¿Por qué se usa la forma “tú” en publicidades en vez de “usted”?

Muchas veces he encontrado publicidades que usan la forma tú como lo siguiente: Yo pienso que que estaría mejor usar la forma usted, porque es mas formal y profesional (en mi opinión). ¿Quizás no ...
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Correction of Translations from English to Spanish [closed]

can you please correct my mistakes? My parents made me clean my room before allowing me to go out with my friends. Mis padres me obligan a limpiar mi habitación antes de permetirme salir con mis ...
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Verb tenses in Spanish: “fue” vs “era” usage

Had you realized that the house was dirty before your guests arrived? Would "era" or "fue" be used in this case and why? If the weather were good, I would get out. Would "era" or "hizo" be ...
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“I'd like to find a time to meet” en Español

I'd like to say that "I'd like to find a time to meet" in spanish to a spanish coworker, but I'm unsure how I would translate this concept. I think it would be something like: quería to find some ...
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¿Cómo se dice en español «back-channel responses»?

La oración original es Using more back-channel responses. He buscado en varios diccionarios pero no encuentro ninguna respuesta. Este es el texto completo: Research indicates that we can help ...
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Translate “Rating” as in a rating on a site like on yelp or amazon

I'm not sure how I would translate "rating" in reference to a product or service. What I mean by this is a "rating" that would appear on a site like Amazon or Yelp that aggregated review scores.
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¿Por qué dicen “me vi la película”?

He escuchado varias veces a mis amigos colombianos diciendo me vi la película. Pero cuando les pregunto por qué dicen así, no me pueden explicar el uso de reflexivo en éste caso. Lo he escuchado el ...
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¿Cómo se dice “bootstrap” en castellano?

En el mundo de la informática se utiliza mucho el término bootstrap (últimamente para referirse a Twitter bootstrap). Veo que la traducción más directa es el de "lengüeta de zapatos", es decir, la ...
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What do you call this play on words?

Last night I was watching T.V. and there was a TV commercial about a show named Stand Parados I know Stand in Spanish could mean "Parado/a/os/as" as a noun eg: They are stand could mean: ...
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Meaning of 'Elícito'

«Llamamos decisión o elección al acto elícito de la voluntad que tiene por objeto(...)» What is the meaning of elícito in this sentence? From word reference dictionary I get no definition, so I've ...
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Can “mi” be used as a regular pronoun?

Mi is usually used like this: Esta es mi casa. --> This is my house. However, sometimes I've seen it used as a regular pronoun like this: Él tiene más libros que mi. --> He has more books ...
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Question about article

I have questions about this article. The question I have is True/False: En general, la causa por la cual algunas madres son solteras es siempre muy similar. The paragraph that I found ...
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Proper translation of Epicaricacy?

What is the proper translation of the word "Epicaricacy"? Or is it one of those complex words that only have a meaning in the original language? I found the translations "alegría maligna", "...
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How would the word “landing” be translated?

I'm currently writing an essay on the film Che, and I mention how it begins with the landing of Che and other revolutionaries in Cuba. However, I cannot find a proper translation of "landing" with ...
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Can caer mean “fall” as in “fall for” someone (emotionally) like in English?

In English one might say "I have fallen for you". Could this be said in Spanish with caer, e.g. "tu me has caido muy bien"?
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Why is this singular event spoken/written as if it were plural in Spanish?

Why is this singular event spoken/written as if it were plural in Spanish? The statement "I think I am going to take a vacation this week" is translated as "Creo que me voy a tomar unas vacaciones ...
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Use of em dash in Spanish

The em-dash has a wide variety of diferent uses in English. My question is how would you punctuate the following sentences in Spanish. Would the em-dash still work? If not, with what other punctuation ...
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definite article - and the use of “al”

I'm currently learning Spanish Grammar and hoping someone can help me out. I have a sentence in my book which is: Me gusta jugar al fútbol. And another sentence: Juega al fútbol todos los ...
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Why is “El agua poco profunda” feminin? [duplicate]

Why is "el agua poco profunda" and not "profundo"? Agua is masculine although it ends with an "a". And from all what i've learnt so far it should be profundo.
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Imperative with gustar

How would you use the imperative for the verb "gustar"? For example, commanding someone to like the food. Like the food. Would that be something like Gústete la comida. In that sentence, ...
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What's the position of my tongue when I speak Spanish 'd'? [duplicate]

Comparing with Spanish 't', put the tip of tongue behind the upper teeth and press a bit to pronounce it, when it comes to 'd' sound, just put the tip of my tongue between the upper teeth and the ...
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Why is the ampersand retained in this translation?

On my bag of Pumpkin seeds (from Bulgaria, which I like a lot more than other pumpkin seeds, which are bigger and flatter), It has the English (not Bulgarian) description: Pumpkin Seeds Roasted & ...

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