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Why is “Tierra” capitalized but “cielos” is not?

In Chapter 3 of the book Aprendamos del Gran Maestro I came across this sentence fragment: "Dios es el Creador de todo: el hizo los cielos y la Tierra, ..." Why is "earth" ("Tierra") capitalized ...
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Translate “back in the day”

Consider the following sentence: Back in the day wheat used to be 100 dollars a ton. Here, "back in the day" is just another way of saying something like "once upon a time" or "back then" or "...
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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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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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¿Cuál es el origen del modismo “es equis” para decir que algo no es malo ni bueno, sino “más o menos”?

Una amiga de Monterrey, México a veces dice "Ah, es equis" para decir que no le apasiona cierta cosa. Ejemplo: A: ¿Te gustan los tacos que se venden en la esquina? B: Meeh... son equis. ¿...
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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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Voy vs. Vengo, both correct?

So I have a doubt. I was talking with a cousin and I said: Entonces de pronto vengo en enero. And he said, isn't it voy ? I thought about it and I think that both are correct. Am I wrong?
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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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How do you write an invitation to dinner in spanish?

How would sound an invitation to dinner in spanish? For example: Would you like to have dinner with me next week? or maybe there is a specific phrase? Thanks
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Invitacion forzosa

¿Cómo se le llama a una invitación cuando es obligatoria? O sea, mi jefe me envió una invitación a la fiesta de fin de año, pero luego manda un correo donde dice que la asistencia es obligatoria.
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Are there vulgarities in Spanish that are universal throughout the language?

The vulgar words I'm familiar with all seem to be local slang. Does Spanish have any words that are universally accepted as vulgar or profane?
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“Instante eterno”, ¿cuál es la figura?

Tengo estos pares que, por su significado, no pueden estar juntos, pero que por un juego de palabras tienen algún sentido figurado o son humorísticos. Pero no puedo recordar (o nunca he sabido) su ...
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What exactly is “repocheta”?

Another food related question I collected on my trip through Central America five years ago is repocheta Again it's not in Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Larousse Gran Diccionario, Google Translate, or ...
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Usage of porque, por qué, porqué, y por que [duplicate]

Trato de ayudarla +preposición+ no se deprima. Which form of "because" would you use to fill in the blank in the sentence to complete it?
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In fieri del efecto. What does “fieri” mean?

The sentence is this one: «Hay que tener presente aquí que el infinito de que se trata en las vías es un infinito metafísico(...) y no un infinito matemático(...) ni físico, en el que las causas son ...
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Buen fin de semana

Today I came across a Facebook post about weekend titled "Buen Fin". I know "happy weekend" translates as "buen fin de semana" and I reckon buen fin to be just an abbreviation. What I want to know ...
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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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“Quiero comprarlo” vs “Lo quiero comprar”

Wile studying grammar, I learned that the object pronoun could go in either of the places when the verb is being used as an infinitive. So, for "I want to buy it," both of these sentences would be ...
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Rascarse una pantorrilla contra otra

[Dioniso] sigue rascándose una pantorrilla contra otra, desesperado. Entiendo que la pantorrilla es la parte de la pierna opuesta a la rodilla, la parte abultada. Entonces, ¿cómo es posible rascarse ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la palabra 'antro'?

Hoy en dia, en México, se dice 'antro' a un club/discoteca o simplemente un bar. ¿De dónde viene la palabra? ¿Cuándo se empezó a usar?
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Difference between “cariciar” and “acariciar”

Both words mean "to caress" or "to fondle" according to the dictionaries. Is it really so? Are the exactly the same thing? If not, in what way does adding that "a" change the meaning? My question also ...
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How did “grifo” become the Spanish for “faucet”?

While studying the etymology of the word, I found that it comes from gryphus, the Latin for griffin. In fact griffin also happens to be one meaning of grifo. And as we all know, griffin is a mythical ...
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Correct usage : Papas versus Patatas

Is it simply Spain is using Patatas and the rest of the world is using Papas? What is the distinction?
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Why is the “H” in Hector pronounced?

The letter "H" is usually (always?) silent in Spanish. So why is the name "Hector" pronounced "Heck-ter" and not "Eck-ter"? Or is "Hector" an anglicization of the spelling of a name which is really "...
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149 views

Etymology of “plática”

DRAE doesn't say anything beyond that it comes from Latin. Wiktionary doesn't give even that. I even tried a bunch of other resources but nothing came out. Yes, I know it comes from Latin but I would ...
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“Lucha” vs “Pelea”: what's the difference?

The dictionary translates both as fight or struggle. Is there any subtle difference in usage or context, or is it just a matter of personal choice? Which of the two is preferred in Latin America (...
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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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Difference between “rubor” and “sonrojo”

I was looking for the Spanish for blush and found sonrojo along with the corresponding verb sonrojar. I was happy with that until I tried using Google Translate which gave me rubor. Dictionaries give ...
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El chiste implicito en “Pareces fria, sujeta”

Vi una composición de Les Luthiers en la obra Hacen Muchas Gracias de Nada que se llama El Rey Enamorado (ve al segmento que comienza en el minuto 4:30). En el mintuto 9:20 comienza una canción muy ...
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Difference between “chiste” and “chanza”

Online dictionaries translate both as jokes but I am sure they've got to have some differences in either meaning or usage. Can anyone help? Also, although the difference between broma and chiste has ...
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“Magia” vs “Mágico”: What's the difference?

According to the dictionary, both words mean magic. But there's got to be some difference, even if it's subtle. Is one more to do with wizardry and the other with magic tricks? Or is it something else?...
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Difference between “regüeldo” and “eructo”

Both translate as burp or belch. Although each might have other connotations as well, I am only interested in the Spanish for a burp. What's the difference and if it's just dialectical, which one of ...
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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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Usage of the word Zarigüeya

I know that Mexico uses tlacuache, but by action of the TV zarigüeya is entering to Mexico, so I'm curious about the countries were the word is actually used. I'd like to know if there are countries ...
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Translation of “no hay que”

As I understand it, hay que means something like "one should" or "one has to" in English. However, with no hay que I'm not so sure. Does it mean: One shouldn't One doesn't have to The difference ...
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Etymology of “rato”

Rato means moment, while, or any short period of time in English and comes from the Latin word, raptus. Now raptus is a past participle of rapio which translates as "to snatch away or carry off." How ...
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Uso invertido de palabras cariñosas e insultos

En mi tierra es bastante normal, en el uso coloquial, encontrar invertido el uso de las palabras cariñosas y los insultos: "Mira, cariño, una cosa te voy a decir..." -dicho a una persona con la que ...
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The difference between “simple” and “sencilla/o”

This words confuse me. When are simple and sencilla used? They both mean "simple" but are they used in certain contexts? Tengo un casa sencilla/simple junto al río. I wonder if i can use both in ...
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What does “nano” mean in Spain?

What does "nano" mean in Spain? Is it an offense to call somebody "nano"? Somebody in Spain called me "nano" and I don't know what it means. Hola, nano, que tal todo?
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When to use “lo” and “le”

When to use lo and le? Someone told me that le is used in Spain and lo is used in Latín America. Is there a rule on when to use them?
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Usage of “marcharse” and “irse”

What is the difference between marcharse and irse? Do they both mean ' to go' ? Yo me voy a la escuela. Yo me marcho a la escuela.
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¿Es una ofensa decir la palabra “caray”?

¿Qué significa la palabra "caray", es una ofensa decirle a alguien "caray"? ¡Caray! Que estas haciendo aqui?
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¿Es una grosería decir “chíngalo”?

¿Quieres ver la televisión? ¡Chíngalo! Vamos al cine. ¿Sería una ofensa decir "chíngalo" en donde se hable español?
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Usage of “ocurrir” and “suceder”

What is the difference between ocurrir and suceder? Both mean "to happen", but are they used in certain contexts? La fiesta ocurrió en la ciudad de Población. La fiesta sucedió en la ciudad de ...
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Usage of “desde” and “de”

When are desde and de used? Desde and de both mean "from", but in what context are they used? Estoy corriendo desde la puerta al cuarto de mi nieto Paulo. De Barcelona le escribe una carta a su ...
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¿En qué paises aplica la acepción anatómica de “pito”?

En el DRAE: Pito m. coloq. pene. Esta acepción es conocida en Argentina, pero por lo que me dijeron, no es universal, ni siquiera en Sudamérica. ¿Alguien sabe a qué países aplica y a ...
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What does “no te pases” mean?

I've been learning Spanish for three months and, in order to train my hearing skill, I've recently started to watch a cooking channel on YouTube (in Spanish, of course). One phrase that I hear very ...
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Etymology of “broma”

According to dictionaries, this word comes from the Ancient Greek word βρῶμα (brôma), which has the following meanings: a shipworm (Teredo navalis) that bores into wooden piers, ships, etc. that ...
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Why so much controversy over a little old word like “Pan”?

According to translate.com, "the pan" is "el sartén". According to duolingo, the object suffers from gender confusion and can be either "el sartén" or "la sartén" Why would it have two different ...
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What is the origin of all the tenses in Spanish? — e.g yo escribí

When conjugating preterite, it seems odd that the -é/í ending is used for the yo form while the -ó/ió is used for the él form. In the present tense, -o is used for the yo form while -e is (for er/...

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