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¿Puede usarse el subjuntivo optativo o yusivo en oraciones principales?

Ya sé que el subjuntivo se puede usar en oraciones principales con “todavía” o “quizás,” o cuando el verbo principal es “poder,” “querer” o “deber.” ¿Pero se puede usar el subjuntivo optativo o yusivo ...
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Adjective in “buena casa”

Is una buena casa or una casa bien preferred when you want to write "good house"? What is the difference between bien and buen?
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El significado de la palabra “flaca”

Sé que hay muchos significados para la palabra en cada pais hispanohablante. ¿Qué significa la palabra flaca en este contexto? : Flaca no me claves tus puñales por la espalda tan profundo ...
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Why “ni” instead of “no” in the sentence “Ni siquiera puedo dormir”? [duplicate]

Ni siquiera puedo dormir Which is the translation for I cannot even sleep. So I was wondering why cannot it be No siquiera puedo dormir. How does 'No' became 'Ni' in the above ...
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What are these words “hances” and “deshances” in a proverb common on the Internet?

A friend of mine just showed me this Spanish proverb, which is some equivalent to English "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations". "Quien no lo tiene, lo hance; y quien lo tiene, lo ...
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Discuss our Work with Juan?

My understanding is that "work" is a lot more versatile than "trabajar." Trabajar is used to describe physical actions, such as The man is working. -- El hombre está trabajando. But what if I ...
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“No es culpa mía (de) que …”

On spanish.about.com they explain that you would use "que" if you can replace the English "that" with "which" and it would still make sense. So, it's a pronoun. El plan que quiere es caro. (The ...
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Futuro or Subjuntivo to talk about a belief in a future event in a negative form

Objective Clarify which one to use 'Futuro' or 'Subjuntivo' (or it does not matter) to say "I do not believe/think it will rain tomorrow". No creo que lloverá mañana. No creo que llueva mañana. ...
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How to translate 'al' in “un delito de desobediencia al no acatar la orden”

Objective Clarify the grammar and the translation of 'al' in the sentence below. It is from RTVE article "El TSJ catalán ve indicios de desobediencia en Artur Mas por no acatar la suspensión del 9N" ...
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Is the past tense -ste suffix (e.g., “bebiste”) related to the pronoun “te”?

Not literally, but etymologically/historically. This might sound like a stupid question but the thought popped into my head and I was wondering if it had any merit. Preterite verb forms for tú end ...
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Translate “all this while” into Spanish

My friend has been frantically looking for his keys for a long time and believes it's been stolen. Just when he's about to give up, I find it lying in his drawer and rush to tell him. What I want to ...
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“Actualmente” vs. “ahora”

Both translate as now. How does one decide which one to use in which context? My understanding is that ahora is more like "right now, at this moment" whereas actualmente has a broader sense such as ...
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Estar + gerundio, ¿qué significa? [duplicate]

I have the following two spanish sentences: Me estaba bañando cuando sonó el teléfono. Mientras me bañaba, sonó el teléfono. We use imperfect tense describing an action (Me estaba bañando, ...
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Mexico is a feast for the eyes, correct grammar?

I am trying to say Mexico is a feast for the eyes. Would this be grammatically correct? Mexico es una festín para los ojos.
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Pregunta sobre la voz pasiva con “se”

Entiendo que en Español se puede decir, "La pintura fue creada por Picasso". Pero, no sé si se puede decir lo mismo con la construcción pasiva con "se". ¿Es posible decir, "Se creó la pintura por ...
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“Recato” vs. “modestia” vs. “decencia”

According to my dictionary, modestia means modesty and decencia means decency, whereas recato can mean either. In what cases then would it be preferable to use recato instead of either of the other ...
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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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“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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“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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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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“aljibe” vs “pozo”: what's the difference?

Both seem to be words for a well or a shaft. Google Images shows similar pictures for both words. So I am confused if there really is any difference between them at all. Is it just a matter of ...
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Hormiga and hormigón: How are they related?

Hormiga is the Spanish for ant and hormigón for concrete. Now ants and concrete hardly seem to have anything in common between them. However, I read somewhere that hormigón was derived from hormigo ...
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“Only too happy” and related constructs in Spanish

How do we convey this sense in Spanish? Consider the following examples: He was only too happy to oblige. Do tell me...I'm only too curious to find out! I am sure solo is not relevant in this ...
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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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“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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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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¿Te moriste o moriste?

Entiendo que una oración como "Te fuiste" significa "(Tú) te fuiste (de una fiesta, etc)" y "Fuiste" se utilizaría en oraciones como "Fuiste a la casa de tu madre ayer". Pero con verbos como "morir", ...
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How should I pronounce Spanish single 'r' and 'l'?

I have the same problem as most Asian Spanish learners with the Spanish single 'r' and 'l'. We usually mispronounce 'ala' as 'ara', and bra, bla. bre.ble .... etc are difficult for me to speak them ...
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How is “se” used in the context of passive voice?

How is "se" used in sentences with passive voice? For eg: The book is being read by me, Pizza is being delivered by her etc.
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diferente vs. otro/otra

I'm a bit confused about the differences in use of diferente and otro/otra. For example, I want to say "I'm a programmer like Javier, but I work for a different company." Would that be Soy un ...
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Arriba, Abajo al Centro pa Dentro

"Arriba. abajo, al centro y adentro" o "pa dentro" Tengo mucha curiosidad sobre esa forma de brindar. En México se usa en contextos muy reducidos vinculados con exceso alcohol o en forma de juego; en ...
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Use of subjunctive in “show battery state when…” “battery is present”

I noticed that on my Ubuntu machine, there's a setting labeled Mostrar el estado de la batería en la barra de menús with dropdown options: Cuando esté presente la batería Cuando la ...
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Multiple verbs with different agents

When a sentence contains two verbs with different agents must they be separated by a conjunction (e.g. que)? Or, can the second verb be in the infinitive? For example, in the following sentence the ...
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Ambiguity with “por”

Let’s consider the following sentence: Esta carta fue escrita por Juan. I know it translates into English as, “This letter was written by Juan.” But won’t it also translate as, “This letter was ...
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Sé creativo! Why is “estar” not used for this imperative?

I got the following dialogue: -- "Yo no se que hacer." -- "¡Sé creativo y conseguirás lo que quieres!" Why do I use "sé" in this case? What is the rule to apply? To me, the usage of ...
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What does “Le tengo” mean in “Le tengo miedo al fracaso”?

The sentence means "I am afraid of failure". Why do we use Le tengo instead of Yo tengo or Tengo? Moreover, why are we using al instead of de for of?
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How to handle the ambiguity of the verb “presentar”, when both objects (DO and IO) are present?

Por ejemplo: Te voy a presentar a mi novia. How can one tell whether this should be translated as 'I am going to introduce you to my girlfriend' or 'I am going to introduce my ...
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Traducción de “meta” referido a los sitios meta de Stack Exachange network

¿Cual sería una traducción de la palabra "Meta" con referencia a los sitios meta de la red de Stack Exchange? Yo puedo inferir por el mismo link que ponen ellos en su pagina de about us que es ...
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In what region/country do they pronounce the 'r' at end of Spanish infinitive as 'sh'?

I was watching a television show* the other day during which the presenter made a habit of pronouncing the final 'r' of many infinitives with the 'sh' sound -- thus 'poner' became 'ponesh', and so on. ...
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Que significa “es posible bien sea”

¿Qué significa la frase es posible bien sea en la siguiente oración? Fue traduccida de inglés y opino que es una mala traducción. De estos datos, es posible bien sea probar la hipótesis que estar ...
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How to read a decimal number in Spanish?

I'm generating a module which transforms numbers into reading in Spanish. I found a similar question and read the answer, so I know 0,25 is read like below "cero coma veinticinco" In addition, I got ...
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I have had a great night with you

I'd like to know how to say: I have had a great night with you in Spanish.
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¿Alguien me podría explicar qué rol tiene el ‘si’ en la conversación a continuación?

¿Alguien me podría explicar qué rol tiene el ‘si’ en la conversación a continuación? -Tengo un hambre que me comería una vaca -Pero, por favor, si acabamos de desayunar Además de contestar mi ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “engatillado”?

Sé lo que dice el RAE sobre la palabra. Sobre los animales y sobre la chapa. Pero cuando alguien me dice: Chepe estabas engatillado! Eso ¿qué quiere decir? La expresión viene de Colombia.
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Can “desprenderse” be used to imply the English phrase “to give off”?

English: He "gives off" a strange vibe. Español: Él se "desprende" extraño.
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¿Cual es el orden apropiado para un substantivo con adjetivo y/o participio + “de”?

Se trata, por ejemplo, de un paciente que saldrá del hopital donde fue curado de una enfermedad. El hospital ha sido recientemente abierto, y el paciente es satisfecho. En este caso, ¿cuáles son las ...
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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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Find all forms of a verb, given one form of the verb

Is there any software that I can use to find all forms of a Spanish verb, given one form of the verb? I know of an online tool called Whitaker's Words that does this for Latin verbs, but I haven't yet ...
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Jugada estratégica

En el fútbol para una jugada a balón parado, preparada por el equipo, ya sabiendo lo que va a hacer cada uno se dice que es una jugada de estrategia. De acuerdo a las definiciones de táctica y ...

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