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The difference between “empezar” and “comenzar”

What is the difference between empezar and comenzar? Is one more formal than the other?
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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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Is it an insult to call someone 'cabrón'?

Is it an insult to call someone 'cabrón' in Mexico? A: Hola B: ¡Hola, cabrón!
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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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¿Es una ofensa decir “Chale”?

A: Quiero ir a la casa de Juana a visitarla. B: ¡Chale! Vamos para allá mañana. ¿Es una ofensa decir "Chale" ?
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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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La expresión ¿ke lo ke? [duplicate]

En República Dominicana se usa la expresión ¿ke lo ke? Me gustaría saber de donde vino esta expresión. Parece que deriva del francés.
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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 ...
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Palabras en castellano análogas a “safety” y “security” en inglés

Según Google, las palabras inglesas "safety" y "security", traducidas al castellano, ambas significan "seguridad". Sin embargo, "safety" y "security" no significan exactamente lo mismo en inglés. Por ...
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Etymology of “equipo” as the Spanish for team

I know equipo also means equipment which is pretty straightforward. But how did the word come to mean team? Team and equipment seem to be two entirely different concepts with nothing in common between ...
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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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What is the meaning of derezoso? and in this context? or is it perezoso?

The sentence is the following: «Volverse derezoso es el modo de permitir el deterioro de la virtude.» I tried looking for the meaning, but I didn't find one. I think this is probably a typo, and they ...
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Use of subjunctive

Present subjunctive or subjunctive in general is used to express doubt. Even though this has been explicitly stated on my textbook, there still came times when I found some example sentences of ...
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Bando vs banda: What's the difference?

Both words translate as band, group, faction, or gang according to Wiktionary. Although the words do have a few other meanings as well but I am only interested in this context for now. So, in 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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imperative for Be Quiet / Hush

What is the best informal imperative form for saying Be Quiet! or Hush! e.g. to a small child or pet? A friend of mine said ¡Callado! would work, not sure about that or ¡Cállate! (which I guess means ...
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Etymology of alipús

Alipús is the word for booze in Mexico but I don't understand where it comes from. To me it sounds like an Arabic loanword but that's just a wild guess. So far I haven't been able to find its ...
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Papichulo : sus usos

Debido a la inclusión de la palabra papichulo en el nuevo diccionario de la RAE, mi pregunta es muy sencilla: ¿Qué significados y usos tiene la palabra papichulo? Sé que el diccionario recoge el ...
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¿Por qué la gente se ríe cuando me presento como “Fénix, como el ave”?

Mi nombre es Fénix — muy raro aún en inglés. Cuando me presento a la gente en Suramérica, a menudo se malinterpreta mi nombre como "Felix". Entonces, me he acostumbrado presentarme así: "Soy Fénix, ...
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Magister Scientiarum en Ciencias

Acabo de leer un currículum vítae de un venezolano que indica el siguente título académico: "Magister Scientiarum en Ciencias". ¿Cuál es su equivalente en inglés? Presumo que sería equivalente a un ...
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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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50 views

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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How do I say “You're making me hungry?”

A friend was describing some food she's making. I wanted to say "You're making me hungry" or "That makes me hungry." What's the proper way to say this? My first thought was to say something like: ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “no te vayas” y “no te vayas a ir”?

Si hay alguna diferencia en sentido o situaciones cuando se aplica. He recibido "no te vayas a ir" de mi amiga (de Colombia) pero no estoy seguro como hay que interpretar esta frase.
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“Te tengo que decir adiós” o “tengo a decir adiós”

¡Buenas, amigos! Yo tengo una pregunta, yo escucho una canción, y algunas palabras son: "Te tengo que decir adios" ¿Cómo? Al decir "I have to say goodbye" en español, ¿por qué no dice "yo ...
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How prevalent is the phrase “qué padre”?

Here in Mexico, the slang phrase qué padre (or various forms such as muy padre, etc) are quite common, with the meaning "how cool". Is this just Mexican slang, or do other regions use the same ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

¿Qué significa el se en esta frase? Siempre didáctico, hizo [Melquíades] una sabia exposición sobre las virtudes diabólicas del cinabrio. Úrsula no le hizo caso, sino que se llevó los niños a ...
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Spanish for “spoon” in Venezuela and Guatemala

I know spoon is cuchara in Spanish. But I have also read that cuchara is a vulgar slang term for vagina in countries like Venezuela, Guatemala, and El Salvador. My question is what's the word one ...
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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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Is there a difference between “claro” and “por supuesto”?

Both "claro" (or "claro que sí") and "por supuesto" appear to be used to say 'of course' in one way or another. Are there any differences in how they are used? Is one formal and the other informal? ...
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When to use indefinite article?

I learned from my teacher that indefinite articles (un, una) are used only before modified nouns, that is nouns followed by adjectives. Does this apply to definite articles (el, la)? Another ...
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Etymology of “receta”

Both receta and recipe descend from a common Latin source, receptus. And receptus is the past participle of recipiō, which means to take or receive. This Latin word also evolved into receipt of ...
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Is “cosas que [infinitive]” a special construction?

English A friend asked me today if this phrase was a special construction or if it had a name: Tengo una misión que cumplir The construction being [noun] que [infinitive]. Now, I coudn't really ...
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Origin of the name “Jesucristo”

The name Jesus translates simply as Jesús, and Christ as Christo. So why is Jesus Christ translated as Jesucristo rather than Jesús Cristo or Cristo Jesús? Google gives me a plethora of explanations ...
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Antiquated uses of haber

Today, someone told me that haber can be used to indicate possession, apparently because in early Spanish haber was used to mean tener. They gave the specific example of: Hemos un bocadillo (We have ...
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Interpretaciòn de “I flatten out on my belly” [closed]

Estoy leyendo Los juegos del hambre en Inglés y en una parte del libro dice: I flatten out on my belly and slide under a two-foot stretch that’s been loose for years. Entiendo lo que quiere ...
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1answer
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Spanish for ceiling fan

Wordreference gives abano as the Spanish for a ceiling fan and ventilador for table fan. However, when I looked up abano in Google Image search (my favorite visual way of finding out the meanings of ...
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“Thankfully” in Spanish?

Would it be correct to say, Hoy es llueve, salvos afortunadamente, manana es hace sol. when trying to say Today is rainy, but thankfully tomorrow is sunny. If not, what would I say ...
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¿Qué significa “sacalepuntas” en México?

He oido esta expresión en México. Por ejemplo: Jorge anda muy sacalepuntas. ¿Cuál es su signficado? ¿Por qué?
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¿Cómo se dice “brass fastener” en español?

Tengo estos alfileres (más fotos): En inglés, lo llamamos un "brass fastener", "brad", o "split pin". ¿Cómo se llama en español?
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“Today” and “Tomorrow” with the weather

I am trying to say Today is cold and raining, but thankfully tomorrow is sunny and a little bit cloudy. Would this be correct? Hoy es hace frio y llueve, pero por suerte mañana va a hace ...
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Are there any studies regarding the future viability of the inverted question mark (¿)?

I guess that Internet is a very powerful catalyst in the evolution of languages. This evolution, however, not always takes place to please everybody. For example, I estimated, analyzing some of my ...
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¿Cómo darme cuenta si alguien me esta albureando?

Tengo una idea de lo que es el albur, pero aún batallo mucho con saber si alguien me esta albureando. ¿Cómo puedo darme cuenta si una persona me esta albureando? ¿Cuáles son las maneras más comunes ...

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