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“Apertura” y “abertura”. Su uso y etimología

Abertura y apertura parecen venir del mismo vocablo latino apertura. Tienen significados diferentes. Imagino que el proceso fue más o menos como sigue: apertura se obtiene de la aceptación ...
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Dictionary entry “Vérselas y deseárselas”

In my dictionary there is an entry belonging to "ver": vérselas y deseárselas para conseguir algo which should mean something like "take a great effort to obtain sth.". I have seen a similar phrase ...
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How should “The dangerous pelican film” be translated?

Translate.com gives me "La película pelícano peligroso" but then going the other direction with it gives me "The film pelican dangerous!" Should it be something like "La película de los pelícanos ...
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La única manera de

Are there other alternatives to say The only way to learn spanish is by speaking with native speakers? La única manera de aprender castellano es hablar con hispanohablantes.
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How do you say ‘he turns out to be…’ in Spanish?

How do I say ‘He turns out to be a good guy’ in Castilian Spanish? Resulté un buen hombre
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What's the meaning of “dar” in “dar por supuesto”?

In an exercise I came across the following sentence: Mis colegas dan por supuesto que yo termino el trabajo. I wonder about the expression dan por supuesto. I learned that dar is most frequently ...
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Los adjetivos aplicados a un grupo

Tengo la siguiente oración: For the curious, more information can be found in the following link. Y se aplica la palabra "curious" a un grupo de gente que es curiosa. Esto es usado con ...
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Poetic translation for “I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe”

I want to find a poetic translation for this phrase to use in some writing and can't get it right. I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe.
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To set apart / it sets you apart / to set yourself apart

I literally have to use this phrase daily however I am never certain of my translation. All of the other sources on the internet are inconclusive and I would like to clear this doubt up once and for ...
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Pronunciation of Boca Juniors

As I noticed the name of Argentinian football club Boca Juniors is pronounced by Argentinians not as I would expect in Spanish but more close to English As far as I understand, the reason for that is ...
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Pronouncing a person's name according to our mood

I have heard that in spanish, when people usually call each other by their names, they change the names according to their mood. For example, a person named Carlos can be referred to as Carlitos or ...
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Does the phrase 'asegurarse de' (ensures that) need to be followed by a subjunctive?

Cuando se usa la combinación asegurarse de que, ¿debe ser seguida por un verbo en subjuntivo o en indicativo? Un oración de ejemplo para este caso podría ser (usando ambas posibilidades): La ...
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Sentences structure: garantizarse

Please advise which one of the following is correct for the English speaking "No one is guaranteed to have a tomorrow"? If all correct, which one is the best saying? Nadie se garantiza tener un ...
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Word usage: serme

I've come across the below sentence: Este año he decidido serme fiel a mi misma y no mentirme I checked the dictionary and couldn't find the word "serme". What does it mean?
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Translation of “have (someone) do (something)”

What is the most common way in Spanish to express "have (someone) do (something)"? For example, a boss might say to his secretary: Have the marketing manager come see me ASAP!
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holy: santo vs. sagrado

What is the difference between santo and sagrado in translating the English religious word "holy." How are the two words used in religious contexts in Spanish-speaking countries?
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Translating “Me la paso pensándote”

In Wisin y Yandel's "Estoy Enamorado," the chorus contains the following line: Me la paso pensándote, nunca voy a soltarte What does "Me la paso pensándote" mean? Is "me" a reflexive or indirect ...
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Words and phrases with non-evident prejudice

Hace poco aprendí que el origen de la palabra algarabía es la pronunciación de árabe en la lengua árabe. Otro ejemplo notable es la palabra morisqueta. ¿Existen otras palabras o frases de común uso ...
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What are some terms of endearment for a girlfriend/wife? [closed]

What are some Spanish terms of enderment you could use for a girlfriend or a wife? In English I'm thinking things like sweetheart, sweetie, darling, cutie, babe, etc.. Any others that are unique to ...
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How to translate Neruda's verses “Cuerpo de mujer, blancas colinas, muslos blancos / te pareces al mundo en tu actitud de entrega”?

What I have for Cuerpo de mujer, blancas colinas, muslos blancos, te pareces al mundo en tu actitud de entrega. is this Body of woman, white hills, white thighs, you look like the ...
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Lenguaje sexista

Últimamente ha pasado por mis manos un documento hablando del tema del lenguaje sexista y, long story short, venía hablando de hacer referencia siempre a doctores/doctoras, profesores/profesoras, etc. ...
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Determinar si una frase es oración comparativa

¿Es la parte en negrita una oración comparativa? *Así fue siempre María, más parecida a doña Julia, su abuela materna, que si hubiera sido su hija. ¿Acaso no debería ser como si hubiera sido...?
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Construcción concesiva “por más/mucho que” en el subjuntivo

Por mucho que lo intentara, no lograba eludir la presencia del marido muerto: por donde quiera que iba, por donde quiera que pasaba, en cualquier cosa que hacía tropezaba con algo suyo que se lo ...
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¿Una oración condicional o concesiva?

¿Qué tipo de oraciones introduce la conjunción a no ser que: condicionales o concesivas? No debía tener más de veinte años, y no parecía con ánimos de carnaval, a no ser que estuviera disfrazada de ...
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Is there a name for riddles that use two languages - such that only people who know both languages would understand them?

Is there a name for riddles that use two languages - such that only people who know both languages would understand them? As an example/Por ejemplo: Question/Pregunta: What do you call a hog that is ...
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Identificar una oración concesiva

¿Se puede considerar la parte en negrita como una oración concesiva? ¿o es solo una construcción? Él ocupaba la primera parte, que era la más útil y mejor conservada, aunque también la más pequeña....
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What is the difference between “pescado” and “pescados?”

In English, we make the distinction between "fish" and "fishes." Does that same distinction exist between the Spanish words "pescado" and "pescados?" If not, which of the following sounds more "...
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Equal Comparisons Order of Sentence Troubles

I am currently learning comparisons in which each item being compared is equal. When using a sentence with tan/tanto/a/os/as, I am having trouble knowing the correct order of each sentence: A text ...
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Ayuda: identificar tipo de oración subordinada

¿Podríais echarle un vistazo a esta frase por favor? Hizo lo posible porque no lo viera nadie que pudiera compadecerlo. porque no lo viera nadie – es una oración final ¿verdad? (la conjunción porque ...
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Translating into participle adjectives

Cómo se traducir las oraciones de ingles que tienen verbos que son usado como un adjectivo. Poe ejemplo: Do not touch a smiling cow O The Spanish speaking population is increasing in the ...
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Translating a Reform Name

I am currently working on a translation and I am unsure of how to do so for this phrase: la Reforma de la Educación de Adultos (EDA) Since it is the name of this specific reform, should I leave ...
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Se personal y se pasiva refleja

Is it: ¿En qué circunstancias se usan? (Is this a passive sentence?) ¿En qué circunstancias se los usa? (Is se an ethic dative there?) No sé dónde se encontraron los libros. Does that mean "I don't ...
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Significado de “descaderado”

El contexto: P----- camina como travesti descaderado. ¿Cómo poronga consiguió seducir a la diosa del tango? La frase aparece como un comentario a este video. El que lo escribió presumiblemente ...
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What does ¡palabra! mean as an interjection?

In Huevos Verdes Con Jamón, there is a line that reads Juan Ramón - "¿Podrías comerlos con una cabra?" Unnamed Protagonist - "No podría, ¡Palabra! comerlos con una cabra." I understand that "...
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When would I use “¿Qué te gustan?”

I recently came across the following in my Spanish notes. ¿Qué te gusta(n)? What do you like? I understand the usage of ¿Qué te gusta?, but when would I use ¿Qué te gustan? A plural form of ...
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Present progressive of ser or estar

In English, if someone was treating me badly, I might say "he is being mean to me," or "he is being an as*****." I tried translating it to Spanish in multiple ways; Él está siendo un cabrón. ...
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Is the phrase “un poco de” an example of partitive?

Following the discussion related to the question Use of the preposition ''de'', I want to ask a separate (but strongly related) explicit question: Is the phrase un poco de an example ...
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Single-Syllable Words, a Comprehensive List [closed]

I am learning Spanish as a fluent American English speaker. I thought it would help to memorize all single-syllable Spanish words so I can build a quick foundation and help to catch those words when ...
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Translation of an employee/agent “abrir clave” in an insurance or real estate company?

I'm not sure what "abrir clave" in a company means? Examples found in http://www.pymeseguros.com/se-prev%C3%A9-un-gran-desarrollo-del-seguro-de-alquiler: "Me sorprende que se diga que quieren ...
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Manto brillo cromo

It's fairly straightforward to translate prose and nonfictional prose (e.g newspapers, novels, nonfiction and notes), but poetry is another beast altogether. I have been listening to a song, La Bala, ...
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¿Cuándo decir ''[verbo] a [complemento]''?

Sé que tengo que añadir a veces una a entre el verbo y el complemento. ¿Cuándo tengo que añadir la a? Ejemplo: Ella llama a Juan. Nota: Español no es mi idioma nativo.
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estar + gerundio vs imperfecto

What're the differences between those both constructions? If yesterday I had lost my dog and was looking him should I say Ayer estaba buscando mi perro. or Ayer buscaba mi perro. And ...
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Difference between Mexican Spanish and Spanish? [closed]

What are the main difference between South American Spanish and Spanish ?
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Perfect or Perfect subjunctive for comprar?

I'm totally confused between where to use the perfect and the perfect subjunctive when talking about the past. E.g they bought in the past... So would this be habían comprado Spanish Dict ...
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Why “la clase turista” and “primera clase” in Spanish?

I have encountered the following two sentences in Rosetta Stone Spanish course: Los pasajeros de la clase turista comen. Los pasajeros de primera clase comen. It seems that if you mention ...
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Question word used as a noun

Buenas tardes, En algunos programas españoles que he visto, a menudo se dice "No tienes por qué" o "No tiene dónde ir." He aprendido que las palabras "por qué", "dónde", etc. se usan para preguntas, ...
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¿Tiene el adjetivo “petiso” una connotación negativa?

En una serie argentina que vi en YouTube escuché la palabra petiso usada para referirse a una persona de baja estatura. En un principio pensé que sería una palabra de argot, pero por curiosidad ...
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Are past and perfect tense in Spanish used the same way as they are used in English?

I'm learning about past and perfect tenses, still it's quite hard to determine their meanings sometimes. Let's say I have these 3 sentences: He aprendido Aprendo hace 2 horas Aprendí hace 2 horas ...
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“Tuvo” vs “tenía”

What is the difference between 'tuvo' and 'tenía'? Por ejemplo, "Mi mamá fue a la tienda porque tuvo que comprar leche." vs "Mi mamá fue a la tienda porque tenía que comprar leche." Which one is ...
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¿Es “palabra altisonante” tomado como sinónimo de 'mal gusto' en algún lugar?

Normalmente entiendo palabras altisonantes como su significado irónico, es decir, significando groserías. Pues altisonante significa precisamente lo contrario Altisonante. Se dice, por lo común,...

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