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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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¿Qué quiere decir “estar de rodríguez"?

Colquialmente se dice "estar de rodríguez" al hecho de que un hombre se quede en casa solo mientras su mujer [e hijos] están en otro lugar, normalmente de vacaciones. ¿Es totalmente válida esta ...
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Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?

I see on stores that they have a sign that says Se habla español. From first glance I would think that it is saying "It speaks Spanish". How is it unambiguous that it is saying "We speak Spanish"? I ...
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Is there a phrase in Spanish which is similar to 'to bell a cat'?

"To bell a cat" is a phrase which means "Doing an impossible task". I need this phrase to narrate a story.
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¿Cómo se dice, “How's it going”?

En inglés, se puede utilizar la expresión, "How's it going?" como una manera de preguntar cómo está alguien. La frase es informal y tiene un significado similar al "¿Cómo estás?" Sin embargo, cuando ...
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¿Por qué “había” lleva tilde? ¿Acaso no se pronunciaría de la misma forma si no la tuviese?

Según lo que he leído "había" lleva tilde para romper el diptongo pero en caso de que la palabra no tuviese tilde, no se sobreentiende que si no lleva tilde en la "a" se prenunciara igual a que si ...
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The reason of being feminine in `a su derecha`?

I've encountered the following sentences in my Rosetta Stone Spanish program: El teatro está a su derecha. El café está a su izquierda. On the two sentences above, why do these use feminine nouns? ...
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¿Uso de “joder” en la serie “Los Serrano”?

En la serie "Los Serrano" (de España) los personajes usan la palabra joder. El Traductor de google lo traduce como fuck. El Diccionario de RAE tiene muchas acepciones y no puedo entender si esta ...
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The distinction between past and present tense in the following sentence

Fuimos al resturante y comimos pasta. I was doing some exercise on past tense on Spanish language and this very first question made me confused that how this is a past tense. The application on ...
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Variants to the rolled R in Spain?

According to the Wikipedia article below, the double r is pronounced without the Alveolar trill in some parts of Spain. However after a lot of searching I haven´t been able to find any more info on ...
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Can Spanish distinguish between “lonely” and “alone”?

I learned that solo in Spanish means both "alone" (the simple fact of not having anyone else around) and "lonely" (feeling sad because of being alone). Is there any way of distinguishing between these ...
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Marmot vs Groundhog

In English, the groundhog and the marmot are not the same thing, the groundhog being a subcategory of marmot or distinct altogether, but in spanish there is but one word for the both: "marmota". How ...
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What is the difference between “He querido” and “Quería”?

He querido vs Quería ? I understand that these are translated as "I have wanted" (although there's no such form in English) and "I wanted". Past perfect and past simple. In my audio book they use ...
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377 views

difference between “Mirar” and “Ver”

What is the difference between mirar and ver? I know they both mean to see or to watch. I checked online but can't find anything that helps.
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Why is the letter s dropped when refering to Jesus Christ in the Spanish language?

I have noticed that in the Spanish translated bible the name of Jesus when putting it together with Christ has dropped the letter s to compound it one word. Why was this done? Also in other parts of ...
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Argentine slang 're'

In Argentina I often hear the word (or prefix?) 're' meaning 'very/real/really' Some examples are: La prueba fue re difícil La película era re chota Estoy re bien Is 're' an ...
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114 views

Translation of “encato”

What does the word encato really mean? I have been looking for this word in several dictionaries but was unable to find anything so far. Examples of usage: Excelente, me encato! A mi hija le ...
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What is the spanish translation for “Account” when referring to a user account on a website?

The English > Spanish translation of account on Google Translate comes up with various forms of the word cuenta. However, the Spanish > English translation of cuenta returns words relating to ...
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Difference between “coche” and “carro”

I have always wondered what is the difference between coche and carro. I have done some googling on it but still can't understand. Can anyone explain what is the difference between coche and carro ...
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“Siempre” Neruda

¿Qué significa antes de mí en el poema de Neruda? ¿Es algo propiamente chileno?¹ Siempre Antes de mí no tengo celos. Ven con un hombre a la espalda, ven con cien hombres en tu ...
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congratulations: felicidades vs. felicitaciones

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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Does Hagrid randomly switch between “tú” and “usted” forms?

I'm reading the first Harry Potter book in Spanish and have noticed that Hagrid addresses Vernon Dursley in tú form: —¡Le exijo que se vaya enseguida, señor! —dijo—. ¡Esto es allanamiento de ...
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How do you express attraction to someone (like a crush)

How do you say I have a crush on you/her/him/them (you in its tú / Usted forms) ?
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3answers
287 views

¿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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118 views

¿Balé o Ballet - Chalé o Chalet?

He notado que en España tienden a pronunciar las palabras francesas de forma más cercana al original, pero no es así en México donde se acostumbra pronunciar las tes de palabras como chalet o ballet. ...
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Difference between “Chiuahua” and “Chiuahueño”

What is the difference between Chiuahua and Chiuahueño?? They both are/mean Chiuahua, the dog breed. Are there just other ways to say it??
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54 views

Difference between “A” and “De”

What is the difference between A and De? I am not sure if they both mean to/from
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1answer
64 views

Pronunciation on “ll” for in the sentence “me llamo” [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the consonants "ll"?? I want to say my name in Spanish but I keep saying "ll" like how Americans say in English.Then people say that I am wrong but don't tell me how to.
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127 views

Translation of “perros de charro”

I do not see any glue to get the meaning of this word connection. Nor when looking at google image search result.
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Uso de “malamente” en vez de “de mala manera”

Muchas veces, sobre todo —creo yo— en textos o discursos de carácter jurídico, está presente el adverbio malamente, palabra que corresponde a la típica adverbialización de un adjetivo mediante el uso ...
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What accents do not use yeísmo?

Something I've wondered ever since I started learning Spanish about 8 years ago. One often hears that the sound for "ll" and "y" is merged in "most accents". Wikipedia's IPA for Spanish guide, for ...
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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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La llave vs. la clave

Nevermind the fact that these two words are both irregularly feminine I was always taught in school that llave is key, like the kind you use to open doors / crank a vehicle, etcetera. Though when I ...
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Difference between lengua and idioma?

For instance, If I wanted to express the following: Globally, Spanish is an important language. Should I use lengua or idioma, or are they interchangeable within this context? I'm aware of a ...
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Translation of “bed bug” (chinche?)

In English, bed bugs are parasitic insects that can infest beds and the areas where people sleep. Wikipedia shows that the Spanish term for bed bug is chinche. However, my understanding is that ...
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129 views

Is there a difference between como and cómo?

Is there a difference between como and cómo? I'm confused. It's supposed to be two different words, right? Where do I draw the line?
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What are some tips on translating Spanish when reading

I read my Spanish/English Bible daily. I have found that it is very difficult to attempt literal English translations of Spanish. An example of the types of sentences I do not have trouble with would ...
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What is the meaning of “poner a huevo” in Mexican Spanish?

So a Mexican friend of mine told me that "a huevo" means something like "of course" in English, but is a vulgar way of saying it -- I guess because "huevo" means "testicles". I'm just wondering how ...
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Why is the “que” in “pienso que” obligatory?

I mean the reason why that part is different from English. I understand that it may be used as a marker for changing subject but I don't understand why it's required to the extent that removing it ...
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What are the pet terms for mother/father in US Spanish?

In English, we have pet terms for mother and father. For example: Mom, Dad, Mummy, Daddy, Mamma, Papa In Spanish, they have madre/padre. But do they have any pet terms as well? Does it vary between ...
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Usage of “mueco” vs. “mellado” for “toothless”

The RAE does not have an entry for mueco or mueca, a term commonly used in Colombia to describe a toothless person. However, the expression hacer muecas is understood in the traditional sense as a ...
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“Habría” or “Hubiera”

Español Dada la siguiente oración: Si lo hubieran anotado, después no les hubiera (habría) costado tanto recordarlo. se ve que la primera aparición de hubieran está bien utilizada, pero a veces ...
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How to Say “Nice to see you again”?

If a doctor was seeing a patient again and wanted to say Nice to see you again! how would he say so in Spanish. Thanks in advance.
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Verbs ending in -ed

What kind of conjugation is it when a verb ends in "-ed", such as "tened," "ved," or "coged" What does it make the word mean/ how is it used (in what context)? (Just for the record, I've seen this ...
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Salient features of the Norteño dialect of Mexican Spanish

What features make this dialect different from the ones spoken in the rest of Mexico? I am keen on understanding what makes a Norteño speaker stand out; i.e. pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, that ...
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Spanish phrasal verbs

Español La característica más difícil del idioma inglés (al menos en mi caso particular) son los "Phrasal verbs". Hoy me encontré una oración en un periódico que me hizo pensar sobre la existencia ...
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¿Uso de lo y le por país?

En un artículo de wikipedia venía esto: Se lo llama: pero para mí es más común decir: Se le llama: Se está hablando de cómo se le llama a un derivado de leche quemada en diferentes países ...
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Impersonal Construction with Se vs Commands?

Should sentences using the Impersonal Construction with Se be translated / read as commands are? i.e. Se nada en la piscina y el océano should be read as "Swim in the pool and ocean" or should it be ...
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Should an exclamation be accompanied by exclamation marks?

I found this phrase in a book: ..., y el soldado exclamó: "Ciertamente este hombre era Hijo de Dios." Shouldn't it be: ..., y el soldado exclamó: "¡Ciertamente este hombre era Hijo de Dios!" ? ...

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