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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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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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Le estamos atendiendo

He oído muchas veces en las grabaciones que ponen al tenerte en espera en una llamada telefónica como a un Call Center que dicen "Por favor espere, le estamos atendiendo", creo que está equivocado ...
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What's the best way to inform a pedestrian or fellow cyclist that I'm about to pass them?

It is common courtesy in the U.S. for runners, joggers, and cyclists to announce their presence to others, especially when approaching from behind, by shouting: Right! or Left! This ...
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¿“Espero que hagas algo” o “espero hagas algo”?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de utilizar este juego de verbos transitivos? "Espero que hagas como te ordeno". "Espero hagas como te ordeno". Es sólo un ejemplo pero tengo la duda porque la ...
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Basque words in Spanish vocabulary

Which are the words, parts of words and structures coming from Basque to Spanish language? And possibly in which periods did they become part of spoken Spanish and official Spanish (Castellano)?
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¿Es ñube una forma antigua de nube?

Al sur de la Ciudad de Mexico he escuchado las palabras ñube y ñudo en lugar de nube y nudo. Debido a otros modismos escuchados de la misma persona, tiendo a pensar que las palabras citadas son ...
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Use of “lo suficientemente” + adjective

From this text: ¿Son esas diferencias lo suficientemente grandes para descartar la variación debido al azar como una posible explicacíon para la diferencia observada? What is the purpose of "lo" ...
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Find the Mistakes in This Sentence

Tengo la siguiente oración de un texto que estoy traduciendo: Él,como pudo, midío en diferentes días y a diferentes horas ¿Cuales son los problemas de esta oración? ¿Cómo puedo rehacerla? I ...
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Para describir alguien que está muy confundido

¿Que otras palabras coloridas existen para describir a alguien que ha quedado fuera de si por una sorpresa? A mi me gustan patidifuso y boquiabierto.
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¿“Darse de alta a xxxx” o “Darse de alta en xxxxx”?

Cual es la forma correcta para decir las frases "darse de alta en Facebook", o "darse de alta al grupo de discusión". ¿Hay alguna regla de uso?
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Qué sigifica la frase 'Dicen que solo se está de más'?

Lo he oído en una canción. No entiendo qué significa.
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Is “cantidad de oscuridad” correct?

In English, we say "degree of darkness." In a document, I stumbled on the phrase "cantidad de oscuridad," which means the "amount of darkness." This becomes really awkward in English. Is this phrase ...
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Using “datos” to refer to specific points

Hay tres datos extremos (uno en 20mm y dos en 21mm) en la tabla The "datos" in the above sentence refers to are extreme data values. However, doesn't "datos" refer to a group of data points? If we ...
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What does “junta” mean in the following sentence?

I know "junta" in Spanish means meeting. However, what does "junta" mean in the following sentence? Is it correctly used? This from a document I am translating into English. It may contain mistakes. ...
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Past or future neutral time difference — does my sentence make sense?

"Que es de 1 año, 2 meses, 16 días, 1 minuto, y 15 segundas a partir de ahora." Does that accurately translate to: "That is 1 year, 2 months, 16 days, 1 minute, and 15 seconds from now"? ...
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Regional usage and literal meaning of “¡No manches!”

The phrase ¡No manches! is quite common here in Mexico, and it's easy to tell from context when it ought to be used (similar to "No way!" in English), but what does it literally mean? And where is ...
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How does Spanish handle plurals of numbers?

In English, we have: To simulate this situation, we assign 29 1s and 21 0s . This means that we labeling 29 members 1s and 21 members 0s in an experiment. How does Spanish handle plural numbers in ...
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Double object construction

I've read that in double object constructions like the following, the indirect object pronoun gets included when there is an indirect object noun. Juan le dio un regalo a Martin. John gave ...
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¿“Los auriculares” o “el auriculares”?

¿Cuando hablo sobre un par de auriculares en español, cuál es correcto? Los auriculares fueron caro. El auriculares fue caro. ¿Y también, es auriculares la palabra correcta para esta cosa? ...
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“I need to work on…” for a general sentence

This is for a handout to parents of a special education class. They speak no English, and the teacher speaks no Spanish. Thus general partial stock phrases are provided on the sheet and she ...
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“Leading him/her on” in Spanish?

In English, the phrase "leading him/her on" indicates suggesting, by word or deed, a romantic (or sexual) interest that isn't really there. Examples: I thought she liked me, but she was just ...
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¿Cuál es la definición de albur? Could you define “albur”?

Todos los que alguna vez hayan estado en México —y quizá en otros paises donde se practique el albur— saben que la definición que da RAE para la palabra "albur" es paupérrima: m. Méx. y R. Dom. ...
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What's the correct Spanish word to mean “as” in this context

Words like "as" have many definitions, so I'm having difficulty finding the Spanish word that would make sense in this sense: "Where are you going?" John asked as Mary grabbed her keys. I first ...
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Comparing two opposing things

Due to a question on another stackexchange site, I learned an interesting fact about the Spanish language. The statement is that if you compare two things like "A is better than B" then both A and B ...
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Meaning of “que ni que”

What is the meaning of "que ni que?" I heard it in Mexico while conversing with a friend, when I made the comment: Solo hay una manera de saberlo, no? And the response was: Eso que ni que! ...
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Difference between “alentar” and “animar”

"Alentar" and "animar" can both be used to mean "encourage." Are there situations when one is more appropriate over the other? EDIT I've seen this question, but it does not explain satisfactorily the ...
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Are there any nouns with irregular plurals in Spanish?

In English, some nouns have regular plural forms ending in -s or -es and fewer are irregular. Fish in the plural is still fish while child becomes children. In Spanish, nearly all nouns are regular, ...
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Remind me to give it to you

Which, if either, of these are correct for "Remind me to give it to you". Recuérdeme dártelo. Recuérdeme que te lo dé.
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¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión “mala copa”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión "mala copa"? Ejemplo: Anoche en la fiesta, Juan andaba de mala copa.
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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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How do you say “billing rate”?

I've searched for how to translate "billing rate" and "hourly billing rate" into Spanish, but I'm not finding much. One I saw was "tarifa de facturación." Is that good? Are there more or better ...
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¿Que significan esas palabras en el español de Colombia?

Me quedé asombrado al leer el libro Buscando dentro del Caos escrito por César Pellicer, particularmente desde sus frases abundantes en palabras totalmente misteriosas para mí. Por ejemplo: ...
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What does “apañao” mean?

¿Qué significa "apañao"? Aparentemente se usa exclusivamente en la región de Andalucía. Estaba hablando con alguien y dijo esa palabra pero no la pudo traducir. ¿Alguien sabe su significado y uso? ...
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Standalone Gerunds in Phrases

In English, gerunds can stand by themselves in phrases: Generalizing From Samples Generalizing From Experiments I have seen standalone gerunds used as newspaper article titles. In Spanish, the use ...
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What does “tu lk” mean?

tu lk I received this text in Nicaraguan texting, can anyone tell me what it means? I checked with several online sources however could not find any definition for this texting.
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Did Spanish have declensions? - ¿Alguna vez se declinó en español?

Como el español tiene como antecesor al latín, y en latín uno tiene que declinar los sustantivos, tiene sentido preguntarse si, en el español, o un antecesor cercano (quizá español muy antiguo) hubo ...
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How to say “To tend to”

How do I say "to tend to" as in: I tend to rant a little bit when I'm tired. She tends to forget what she came into the room for. etc. Maybe I should just use 'a veces', 'siempre', etc.?
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¿Qué significa “regalar” en Colombia?

El día de hoy recibí este email de una persona de Bogotá, Colombia: Buenas tardes, la presenté es para solicitar una cotización formal de una sillas tipo secretarial con brazos me gustaría por ...
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Significado de determinar en Colombia

¿Qué significa determinar en un contexto social, en Colombia y quizá en paises de Centroamérica? El diccionario no dice nada al respecto. Ejemplo: Ella no me determina.
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What is the significance of the gender of a noun in Spanish? [closed]

I'm just relying on memorization to conjure the gender of nouns. Perhaps if I understood etymologically why these genders came about, I would have an easier time remembering. There are three ...
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Translation of “I have a feeling…”

What's the best way to translate "I have a feeling..." This is not feeling as in feeling happy/sad etc, but instead more of an instinct/idea/guess. Eg. I have a feeling that someone here knows ...
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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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What's the meaning of “Te la bañaste” expression?

What's the meaning of the popular mexican expression "Te (la) bañaste", "Se (la) bañó"?. What's the origin? Examples: 1. A: El profesor de matemáticas nos encargó, el día de hoy, resolver ...
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“Creerle” vs “Creerla”

Tengo una duda respecto al uso de "creerle" o "creerla". He escrito algo así: -- Quiero pedirte disculpas. Recordando la noche anterior, a Martín le costó creerle. Una persona que ...
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What are leísmo, loísmo, and laísmo?

What are leísmo, loísmo, and laísmo? How common are they, and where are they primarily encountered?
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Meaning of “Me cae gordo”

I know the meaning of the phrase "Me cae bien": I like him/her (in a strictly platonic sense), or He leaves a good impression But recently I have heard the phrase Me cae gordo (in Mexico). It's ...
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Subject - Verb Agreement: Repitiendo…, y determinando, ilustra

Repitiendo este proceso muchas veces, y determinando la proporción de éxitos para cada muestra, ilustra la idea de la variabilidad de muestra a muestra en la proporción muestral. Should ilustra or ...
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Agilizar el tema

Frecuentemente me toca escribir correos pidiendo a la gente que me haga algo más rápido. Estoy seguro que el verbo que debo usar es 'agilizar'. Pero es un verbo que me cuesta utilizar. Alguien me ...
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How do you say “carpet” in Mexican Spanish?

The carpet I am referring to is a large cloth that spans the entire room. It is not an area rug. I have a Mexican contractor that is renovating my house. When referring to carpet, I always say to ...

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