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How do you conjugate the first-person imperative? [duplicate]

In English, you can command yourself for encouragement. For example, when you're lifting weights in the gym, you can yell at yourself, "Focus! Come on! Do it!". However, in Spanish, the first-person ...
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Happy Birthday songs in Spanish [closed]

The most recognized song in the English language is "Happy Birthday to You" (the common song sung on someone's birthday). What songs in Spanish are traditionally sung on birthdays (and what are the ...
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plan: plano vs. plan

The English "plan" can be translated into Spanish as plan or plano. What is the difference between plan and plano, and when would each one be used?
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Translation of “too good to be true”

In English, we say something is "too good to be true" to express that apparently amazing deals or benefits generally aren't real. Is there an equivalent phrase in Spanish?
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Efficient: eficiente vs. eficaz

The English "efficient" can be translated as either eficiente or eficaz in Spanish. What is the difference between these two translations? In what situations can each be used?
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The difference between the use of “les” and “los”

El maestro ......... lee un libro. The correct answer to the above blank is 'nos' or 'les'. But it made me confused why 'los' also not was the correct choice. As I know both mean 'them' and both ...
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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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How to properly write “deplano”?

There's a popular (and probably exclusively) guatemalan expression: deplano or de plano; meaning probably or surely, analogue to seguramente. Example (provided for completion purposes): -¿Dónde ...
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What does “aha te quiero” mean? [closed]

So my girlfriend is Mexican and naturally speaks Spanish and so I see her get this message from a guy who she says is her best friend which reads "aha te quiero :* :*" I don't know Spanish very well ...
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Having something “to myself”?

What would be the/a correct way to say "I have something to myself"? For example, I wanted to say "I have the house to myself this weekend". I said "Tengo la casa a mi mismo". That felt wrong, but ...
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“Se me ha pasado de volada” - ¿Mal dicho?

Una amiga en México siempre me decía que andaba tan ocupada que el tiempo «se le había pasado de volada». Entiendo el significado implicado pero al realizar una búsqueda en Google (Al Googlearlo ...
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Translation of “can”

I know can is poder in Spanish. But generally it would indicate the ability to do something rather than the permission. You cannot drink. No puedo beber. The above sentence could imply: 1) ...
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Pronunciation of “ll” in Mexico

There are several questions on this site that deal with the correct pronunciation of "ll" and "y" but despite sounding like a duplicate, this question addresses a slightly different issue. I have ...
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Ser vs estar in this sentence

The sentence I want to translate is: The wine cellar should be dark and dry. Which of the following would be more appropriate and why? La bodega debe ser oscura y seca. La bodega debe estar oscura ...
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Translating “Most Games Played” Accurately?

What's the best translation for Most Games Played in terms of video games?
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What is the difference between “No puedo comer” and “No puedo como”?

I thought that you were supposed to use the conjugated version of comer when referring to the subject, but I see sentences formed like the first example. So what is the difference between both ...
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When is “se” used before a verb?

I'm confused about when "se" should be used. I thought it would always go before a like here: Ella se mejora a su coche but I see here that it is not being used. Él observa a su hija My ...
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What is “Amaury”?

I see a book by Alexandre Dumas named "Amaury" in Spanish? What is the English equivalent? Or is it simply the same (I'd never heard of it, if so). It is available here: ...
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“Leísmo de cortesía” and consistency

I've read about the "leísmo de cortesía" i.e. the use of "le" and "les" as direct object pronouns when referring to a person or group you are addressing formally. Most of my learning resources never ...
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Singular and plural of pants, shorts, jeans, etc

In English, words like pants, shorts, and jeans appear to be in the plural but really refer to one item of clothing (I don't know what the technical term for it is). To be more specific, you can say ...
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Translation of “What was your name again?”

In English, if someone has already met someone else but later forgets their name, they might ask them something like, "I'm sorry, what was your name again?" (which is less forceful than a blunt "What ...
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How should “have been” be translated?

I often use the phrase "have been" (or "has been") in English in sentences like: It has been raining a lot recently. I have been thinking about the exam all week. It's been a long time since I've ...
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Spanish words for cap, cover, lid, etc

What Spanish words can be used to describe a cap, cover, lid, or top (in other words, something placed on top of something, usually to close an opening)? What is the difference between tapa and tapón? ...
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Translating “peripheral” (computer device)

In English, "peripheral" or "peripheral device" refers to most devices that can be connected to a computer: keyboards, mice, digital cameras, external hard drives, webcams, etc. Is there an ...
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Ordinary, regular, run-of-the-mill, average, etc

In English, there are a lot of ways to express that someone or something is standard and not particularly special or extraordinary. For example: Ordinary people like you and me can sometimes ...
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“Absuelto” but not absolved

The quote is this one : «Dios es el Absoluto en el sentido literal de esta palabra, el que está absuelto o desligado radicalmente de las cosas.» Well, in this situation I don't think that 'absuelto' ...
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Translating “How (much)” in non-numeric situations

How do you translate "How (much)" when asking about non-numeric properties? For example: "How bright is that light?" "How hard was the exam?"
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

Estaba escribiendo una receta de cómo preparar la sopa, tratando de usar las formas impersonales de los verbos (por ejemplo, Se necesita calentar el agua). Cuando la mostré a mis amigos ...
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A “no” is needed here, no es cierto?

In the book "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos" it gives this: I haven't been able to raise all the money for the project, but I'm not giving up ...as the translation for this: No he logrado ...
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Is “la” actually incorrect here?

I'm doing Duolingo Spanish. The other day, I had the sentence We are not doing it To which I gave the answer No la hacemos This was marked wrong, with the correct solution of No lo ...
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Uso de la palabra “matado” en artículo periodístico

Estaba leyendo el siguiente artículo periodístico: Un jurado de Nueva York exonera al policía del ‘caso Garner’. Cuando encontré la siguiente frase: ...cuando otro gran jurado absolvió al ...
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¿Cuál es la relación entre el cementerio y el cemento? [closed]

Tengo entendido que la palabra lápida viene de "piedra" (esto debido a las historias en que se lapida a las adúlteras, o sea, se las mata a piedrazos). Entonces me surgió esta duda: ¿cuál es la ...
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How to correctly translate “Upload a track” from English?

I ask my friends to help to translate my web app to Spanish and when work had done I took one translate and put in on google translate. It is about GPS track (file with points from GPS logger). ...
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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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Was referring to Jesus in this way considered blasphemy?

In comparing "The Grapes of Wrath" and its translation "Las Uvas de la Ira," I came across this interesting loose translation (talking about traveling through the desert): "I'm going to take her at ...
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Palabras del animal: puerco, cochi, cerdo

Hay varias palabras que he encontrado para referirse a un animal, pero no entiendo cuando se use cual. ¿Cómo se distinguen los significados de: puerco, cochi y cerdo? Pido respuestas que pertanezan ...
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Translating “by the time”

Consider the following translation: Hasta que tomé la píldora no se me quitó el dolor. Until I took the pill, the pain did not go away. Now, this Wikipedia article on Mexican Spanish says ...
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Sustantivo “elecciones” y el verbo “haber” (¿conjugación singular o plural?)

Tengo una duda con el sustantivo "elecciones" y el imperfecto de subjuntivo en un ejercicio. El ejercicio dice así: Me alegraba de que __(haber)__ nuevas elecciones. Lo correcto creo que sería ...
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Sustantivo de “refrescar” as in “rafraichissement” in French

Cuando uno presiona la tecla F5 (o manzana + R en un MAC), el navegador refresca la página. Mi pregunta es si existe un sustantivo para este verbo? Existe "refresco" pero suena muy mal. En inglés no ...
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“Fine line between” in Spanish?

How do I say in Spanish "there's a fine line between" something and something else? As in "the difference is not clear-cut" or "it's not black & white". It feels that something like "no hay ...
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llamar with names

Me llamo Mary. So the common way to say this in English is "My name is Mary", but the literal translation is more like: I call myself Mary. So I wonder, if we take this in English: Call ...
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Translation of “llevar a cabo”

What does the Spanish phrase llevar a cabo mean in English? What are the most common translations of the phrase into English?
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What is Salsa? Which Salsa is which?

I was just eating some tortilla chips and salsa when I asked myself, "What is the difference between this salsa and something like salsa de espagueti?" So far, I have yet to hear or read an emphasis ...
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“Just do it” in Spanish

I am trying to translate the famous Nike tagline in the most natural Spanish possible. From what I have learned at SE and elsewhere, I have come up with: Sólo hazlo But I am curious to see if ...
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Preterite vs. imperfect and “ser” vs. “estar” to describe a natural condition in the past

How does one decide the correct verb and tense while describing a time or natural condition in the past? Take, for instance, the following sentence: It was dark Which of the following would be ...
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Pregunta sobre la acentuación y los interrogativos

En una frase como: No sé qué habrá en el examen. No sé cómo será el examen. ¿Por qué hay acentos en "que? y "como"? También, ¿cuándo se necesita un acento en los otros interrogativos cuando ...
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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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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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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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What is the implied subject in these weather statements?

This question got me thinking about phrases such as: Hace frio. Está lloviendo. In English, these are phrased as "It is cold" or "It is raining"--"It" is the subject. In Spanish the ...

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