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“¿De qué color es la camisa?” - What is “De” for?

It looks like this sentence can be formed without the "De" so what is it for?
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What does the ending “-ón” signify?

English: Consider the following: rata -> ratón puerta -> portón gata -> gatón Does the -ón ending change anything? Which word should I use and why? Español: Considere lo siguente: ...
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What does “que lo que” means?

Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with: klk I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the ...
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Significado de “bastiniano”

Tengo que traducir al inglés la palabra "bastiniano", pero me está costando bastante entenderla! Os pido ayuda en comprender este tema. Aquí está un extracto del texto en el cual se encuentra la ...
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What is the proper way to get someone's attention?

Say I'm walking and I want the attention of someone. What do I say/shout? I'm especially looking for situations where the person is a stranger, but I would like to be polite. In English, you would use ...
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Nombre del símbolo # en varios países

Varias veces, en publicidad radial o televisiva en Colombia, escucho que llaman a ese símbolo como hashtag. Yo lo conozco como numeral, pero estoy seguro que así no se le llama en otros países. ¿Qué ...
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“aljibe” vs “pozo”: what's the difference?

Both seem to be words for a well or a shaft. Google Images shows similar pictures for both words. So I am confused if there really is any difference between them at all. Is it just a matter of ...
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¿Por qué Buenos Aires se abrevia Bs. As. o B.A. y no BB.AA. como debería ser?

Las abreviación de palabras en plural se hace usando dos veces la misma letra, por ejemplo EE.UU. por Estados Unidos o II.BB. por Ingresos Brutos. ¿Por qué no se utiliza la misma regla para Buenos ...
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Hormiga and hormigón: How are they related?

Hormiga is the Spanish for ant and hormigón for concrete. Now ants and concrete hardly seem to have anything in common between them. However, I read somewhere that hormigón was derived from hormigo ...
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Cuál es el uso correcto de “Perdón”, “permiso”, “disculpa”, …?

I always struggle with the correct usage of the various ways one could say the equivalent of I'm sorry or Excuse me. Of course there are many reasons I would say these things and I was often looking ...
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Niebla vs neblina vs bruma

All three seem to mean fog or mist. Is there any regional difference in usage? Or do they actually stand for slightly different things?
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Grande vs Gran usage

Los grandes imperios han dominado la humanidad. Why not can't gran replace grandes in the sentence?
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Arco iris or arcoíris?

Is it one word or two? What would be most appropriate grammar-wise? If there's a regional variance, how is it in Mexico or the rest of latin America? I have seen rainbow translated as both, even in ...
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After much struggle

The sentence I am trying to translate is: The young man found work after much (a lot of) struggle. Is one of these the most appropriate way (somehow it doesn’t seem so to me, that’s why I ask)? El ...
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¿Por qué se usa la forma “tú” en publicidades en vez de “usted”?

Muchas veces he encontrado publicidades que usan la forma tú como lo siguiente: Yo pienso que que estaría mejor usar la forma usted, porque es mas formal y profesional (en mi opinión). ¿Quizás no ...
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How can I translate/describe a “rough idle” to the mechanic?

I need to take my vehicle to a mechanic to diagnose a problem with a rough idle. How do I translate this term, "rough idle" to Spanish?
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Why would “water” not be translated?

In "The Grapes of Wrath" there's a scene where they're talking about toilets. When the water in the toilet is discussed, in the translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira"), the word is not translated (to ...
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Use of em dash in Spanish

The em-dash has a wide variety of diferent uses in English. My question is how would you punctuate the following sentences in Spanish. Would the em-dash still work? If not, with what other punctuation ...
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Should I eat my apple? Usage of the preposition “en”

English: I have seen the Spanish preposition en used in various ways in my studies. For example: Ella pone la ropa en la cama. (She puts the clothes on the bed) or Tengo gozo en mi corazon. (I ...
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Is there a Spanish equivalent to Ms.?

As far as I can tell, the honorifics to address a woman are: Señora (Sra.) which is equivalent to "Mrs." and is used to address a married woman; Señorita (Srta.) which is equivalent to "Miss" and is ...
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Dónde poner énfasis

Buenos, amigos. Yo quiero comenzar a decir que mi Espanol es muy malo, pero estoy aprendiendo. Mi pregunta es, cuando hablas una palabra con dos piezas, como sabes donde poner el enfasis? Por ...
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¿“Septiembre” or “setiembre”?

Setiembre is only used in Peru, AFAIK, but I wonder if there are any other countries where setiembre, as opposed to septiembre, is also valid. RAE links the definition of setiembre to the definition ...
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Cempasúchitl vs maravilla

I was reading about the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico and learned that the yellow marigold flower is a central theme in its celebrations. And I also read that it's traditionally called by its ...
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Recognize spanish phrase

What's written on this picture? How you would translate it? I can recognize “El Rafael Pombo de Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez lo hice en hora y media … Clavdia [or Claudia]”. This is for description of ...
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Recommendations for hard-copy dictionary for middle schoolers [closed]

I am looking for recommendations on dictionaries suitable for English language learners (immigrants) in middle school. English-Spanish and Spanish-English dictionaries will be needed.
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Definition and Usage of verbs that indicate start and duration of action

What's the difference among these words? Can you give me an example of when they are used? Words that indicate start of action: among: empezar a, ponerse a, y echarse a? Words that indicate ...
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Estar vs Ser usage with muy bien

Está muy bien Why not say Es muy bien? In what context would you use está muy bien? What noun could you refer estar to? Could you refer estar to a person, place, or thing? Could you say él ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect of quedar

Pablo Neruda, nacido en Chile in 1904, estuvo en contacto directo con la naturaleza desde su infancia, sentimiento que quedó reflejado en su obra. Why can't quedaba be used in place of quedó?
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alcanzar máxima reflejado meaning

En el cuadro Los fusilamientos del 3 de mayo, inspirado en los acontecimientos de 1808 durante la Guerra de Independencia, el arte de Goya alcanzó la máxima reflejado. No entiendo la significa de ...
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101 views

Use of ser vs estar with past participle

Se compró una figura que estaba hecho de madera. Why can't era be used in place of estaba?
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¿Por qué la diferencia entre s y z/c solo se da en España?

La pronunciacion en el centro y el norte de España, como sabemos, proncuncia la "ce" y la "zeta" en forma difrente a la "ese" que es el unico sonido que se utliza para estas tres letras en ...
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Is it OK to end a sentence with an object pronoun (e.g. “He aprendido mucho de los”)

I'm trying to tell someone that I've learned a lot from a set of videos and books: "Thanks a lot for your excellent books and videos. I have learned a lot from them." and so my attempted translation ...
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“Just” in Spanish

Consider the following sentence: I don't know. Easily, the Spanish for this would be: No sé. How can one place some stress on the "not knowing" part of this sentence...maybe when one is a ...
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Number riddles in Spanish

I want to create some number riddles in Spanish in a form like this: I am one more than twelve. What am I? or I am three less than ten. What am I? Is this the right way to do it: Soy uno más que ...
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¿Es despectivo el uso de la palabra “individuo”?

Es despectivo decir "individuo". Por ejemplo: ¿Por qué estás hablando con ese individuo?
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Indignado con/por/de

¿Cuáles de la siguientes oraciones son correctas? Todas tienen que ver con la palabra que sigue a indignado. ¿Cuáles son las permitidas? Estoy indignado con que haya cenizas ahí. Estoy indignado ...
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Ask/command someone to “take this”

Say I have my hands full but need to grab something else. In English, I would say "here, take this" or "could you hold this" or "can you take this for a second". How could I say this in Spanish? ...
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Imperfect vs Preterite Usage of “ser”

Su salud era delicada porque su corazón no latía. Why use ser instead of estar? Isn't health a not so permanent state? Isn't health described with estar?
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“Today” in the context of “for today”

Consider the following sentence: I ate today. It can easily translate as: Hoy comí. Now consider the following: How much did you eat today? In the last sentence, there's a subtle ...
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What do “Centro” and “Título” mean when referring to a “Máster” degree in a submission form?

I am filling an application form, which is in Spanish. I am using Google Translate to fill the form but it is giving unhelpful translations for some phrases. Could someone please help me by ...
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“This” in Spanish in the context of “this bad”

I understand "this" translates into esto in Spanish. However in the following contexts, that translation doesn't seem to work: How did you manage to hurt your back this bad? Whoa! I didn't ...
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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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How to translate different English meanings of “work”

I've been struggling lately in translating the English concept of work. I am familiar with trabajar but I was told only to use that to describe a physical action. Like so: The man is working. -- ...
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“Only too happy” and related constructs in Spanish

How do we convey this sense in Spanish? Consider the following examples: He was only too happy to oblige. Do tell me...I'm only too curious to find out! I am sure solo is not relevant in this ...
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Are there any differences between “de nada” and “por nada”?

Most of the time in all the Spanish speaking countries I've been in I've heard de nada as the reply to gracias or the equivalent of English you're welcome etc. But after a while I became conscious ...
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Can I learn to roll my R's?

Whenever I try to say words like perro or arroyo, I sound like I'm telling a pirate joke. I can identify the sound I'm supposed to make and I've been told how my tongue is supposed to move, but I ...
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86 views

Translation of “It is important to do it” in Spanish

Could someone tell me the correct translation of the following sentence structure in Spanish, It is important to do it or It is necessary to do it and can I use all three of the following ...
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Determining gender of words ending in “e”

When learning Spanish, there are basic rules taught about word gender: words ending in o are usually masculine, words ending in a are usually feminine. What about words ending in e? Are there any ...
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imperative or subjunctive

In my Spanish class I have learnt that only the second person (s & pl) has distinct forms for the imperative, but the forms for all other persons are the same as for the subjunctive. ...
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Use of subjunctive and presence of doubt

Colón dijo: "Aunque tenga que buscarlos en las cárceles, los encontraré." Why is the subjunctive for the verb tener used? Can't the indicative be used instead of the subjunctive?

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