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Traducción para “herding cats”

"Herding cats" es una expresión idiomática que se usa para expresar lo difícil, caótico o frustrante de tratar de traer orden donde parece que las cosas no quieran tenerlo. "Herding Cats: a ...
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How to give a range of time in Spanish?

So I want to say "from an hour to an hour and a half". I figure this should work: "de una hora a una hora y una media" I've been googling around and there isn't much depth discussion on this sort ...
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Should I use gerund here or the infinitive?

I want to say: Learning spanish is hard. I figure I can say: Aprendiendo español es muy dura. or Aprender español es muy dura. Or are they both appropriate? Google translate gives me the latter ...
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¿Cómo escribir etcétera después de abreviado?

Etcétera se puede usar con abreviatura sin redundar con los puntos suspensivos, pero ¿cuál es la forma correcta de usar la abreviatura en el medio de un texto? Ejemplo: ... los elementos del ...
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Etymology of “cualquiera”

I’ve checked several sources, including Wiktionary and SpanishDict, and understand the basic construction, which was obvious to me prior: cual + quiera. Why was that particular form of “querer” ...
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Origin and usage of slang “rana”

Where does this expression come from? I read the following: “He nombrado a más de 500 altos cargos y dos me han salido rana”. I understand the general meaning and idea behind the use of "rana". ...
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How does the conditional form separate the four words it translates to?

From my understanding, the conditional form is a way of adding would, could, should and probably before a verb that it is conjugating. Although these 4 phrases are related, aren't they 4 different ...
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Should this be imperfect or preterite form?

Muestra Paul cuando fue más joven. or Muestra Paul cuando era más joven. I want to say, It shows when Paul was younger. It's for a tv show which is showing a character from another show but ...
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To manage to do something (on time)

I hope you could help me to find out is there any specific verb in Spanish for the following situations. Imagine a train station, the train is already there and is about to leave the station. ...
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What is the basic necessary grammar I would need to tackle for Spanish fluency?

I know there are a ton of verb tenses. But what is the basic necessary grammar I would need to nail down to speak, write and understand Spanish fluently? I've got flashcards. My list so far: ...
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How to loosely open a question

I was just wondering how the best way to open a question in Spanish is in a loose, somewhat respectful and more conversational manner. An example lies in that prior sentence. Instead of asking: ...
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»solía« y »pretérito imperfecto«

Dadas las expresiones: Me gustaba algo. Me solía gustar algo. ¿Es equivalente la forma solía y el pretérito imperfecto? Pareciera que sí, es como descomponer gustaba = solía gustar en donde ...
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»No sé español« vs »No hablo español«

What's the difference between no sé español and no hablo español? It seems to be the case that people don't say the former, however we can say "I don't know Spanish" in English. Moreover it appears ...
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Can someone help me understand the translation for “to be good at (something)”?

I'm working through a Level A1 Spanish course at Memrise.com. I came across an idiom that boggles me: First, the basics: se (a alguien) dar bien (algo) | to be good (at something) And then some ...
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Pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo para el condicional

Siempre se usa si + pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo para empezar la cláusula condicional. Como por ejemplo si tuviera dinero, si fuera rico, si pudiera, etc. ¿Por qué estas expresiones se ...
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Subjuntivo de 'traer'

En las afirmaciones: Te dije que no lo trajeras. Te dije que no lo traigas. ¿Cuál es su interpretación? Si tengo Te dije que no lo trajeras = Igual lo traje. Te dije que no ...
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¿Cuáles funciones tiene “se” dentro de un análisis sintático? [closed]

Ahora estoy estudiando análisis sintático para el próximo día. En ciertas frases, aparece la palabra "se". He entendido que esta palabra designa a muchas funciones en el análisis de oraciones. Este ...
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¿Por qué decimos una canción es “de” un artista y en cambio un libro es “por” un autor?

En Inglés, decimos una canción es "by" un artista y un libro es "by" un autor. No entiendo la razón de la diferencia en Español. ¿Hay una regla para esto o es algo que sólo tengo que memorizar? ...
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What are the acceptable ways to say, “I have no idea.”?

Are the following sentences acceptable was to say, "I have no idea": No tengo idea. No tengo ni idea. No tengo nada de idea. Are there any additional ways to express this?
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Poker terms in Spanish?

I am a native Spanish speaker that lives in the US. I don't get to practice often, but I do alright with my skills. But I'm not good at knowing words for specific hobbies/industries. I am working on a ...
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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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Gender-Number Agreement with Feminine Adjectives [duplicate]

I take a beginners spanish course in school and came across this blip one day. I was trying to describe a girl in a photo wearing pink socks as la niña lleva calcetines rosas. My teacher then said ...
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¿Fuera vs. Afuera?

Soy un estudiante que está sacando AP Spanish en mi último año de escuela secundaria. Si no es obvio, el español no es mi primer idioma, y por lo general el nivel de AP es una de las asignaturas más ...
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Under what circumstances would I use “que”?

For example if I wanted to say 'I would develop a system that would make kids want to learn', I would say 'desarrollaría un sistema que haría los niños quieren aprender.' However the ...
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Why do they say 'un día domingo' in Spanish?

Is there a technical linguistic term for this? It seems unusual to use two nouns, 'day', and 'Saturday', back to back. Where can I learn more about this?
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Is Conditional in Spanish a Tense or a Mood?

The Wikipedia article on Spanish verbs (as of 31.01.2016) states that The Spanish conditional, although semantically expressing the dependency of one action or proposition on another, is generally ...
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Is there something deeper behind the “verb classes swapping” of the subjunctive endings?

In Spanish (and also in Latin, and most of Romance languages, too) the present subjunctive is formed by a kind of swapping the indicative endings between the verb declension classes: the 1st class ...
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How to use “es” in Spanish as a translation for “it's”

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. As I understand it, es means it's Here are some sentences: No vale mucho – It’s not worth much No, no vale la pena – No, it’s not ...
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The Origin of Vale for OK

I've been watching a Spanish telenovela to practice my Spanish comprehension. I was hoping Español de España would be easier for me to understand, but no such luck. The word vale is used a lot. When I ...
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How does one emphasize something in Spanish?

Consider the following sentence: I'm in your country, therefore I'll speak Spanish. Notice the emphasis is on 'your'. How would this translate to Spanish?
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¿En la mañana o en las mañanas?

I am a non-native speaker who is trying to learn basic Spanish. I am currently using Fluencia as my method to acquire the knowledge. I noticed that the site sometimes offers "en la mañana" and "en ...
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Meaning of “de más”

I cannot find meaning of "de más" in dictionary. Trying to translate this sentence: Y lo que opinen los demás está de más What is the meaning? It is from the song of Mecano, if you need more ...
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What is the rule/reason behind usage of “de” vs “del”

In Spanish, many words are composed of two nouns, e.g., el suelo del bosque - the forest floor el salto de agua - the waterfall la copa del árbol - the tree top My problem is that I sometimes ...
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¿Se puede usar el indirecto para contestar a “qué”?

No sé si es correcto decir: “¿Qué quieres? → a Emma.” ¿Se puede usar la forma indirecta para contestar esta pregunta?
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¿Se debe usar el indicativo o el subjuntivo en esta pregunta?

Hace unos meses, se hizo esta pregunta: ¿Cuál es la palabra más larga en español que no repite ninguna letra? En un comentario pregunté si sería mejor usar el subjuntivo —es decir, emplear repita en ...
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¿El o la app? ¿Un o una app?

La recomendación de la Fundéu es no abreviar y usar «aplicación» o, si se quiere abreviar, hacerlo de una forma más ¿española? y abreviarlo como «apli». Sin embargo es «app» lo que se sigue usando en ...
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Which is a better way to say “pardon me for my bad Spanish”?

On StackOverflow, posters often say something like, "Please excuse me for my poor English." On the Spanish version of the site, I sometimes want to write something similar. Which of the following ...
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The verb “estar” and its correct forms

Recently, I learned about locations, like "a la izquierda" and "a la derecha." I noticed that to state where something is, like "los libros," you would say something like this: Los libros está ...
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Masculine vs feminine adjectives when used with first person verbs

I've been taking Spanish lessons through Duolingo and came across a question where a girl says "I sleep alone and eat alone." and you are asked to select the options for which is correct. It gave two ...
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Difference between “guardar” and “resguardar”

I need to translate the sentence keep confidential information. Which should I use, guardar or resguardar?
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141 views

What's the Spanish expression for 'This is filthy'?

I posted a answer to a question at drupal.stackexchange.com and a user has left me the following comment: ... This is filthy!!! I obtain from google the translation as: "Esto es asqueroso !!!". ...
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What does “100tifiko” mean?

I keep seeing the phrase yo k se, no soy 100tifiko on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube comments. I understand what means yo que se, no soy ... It could be something like I don't know, I am not ..., but I ...
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What does “Dale calor primo” mean?

I have heard this expression sometimes. For instance, when two friends are going to play something, first one says to the second: "Dale calor primo!". What does it mean? Thanks in advance.
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Imperative in secondary verbs (“”Él no quiere que ellos cierren la puerta.") [duplicate]

"Él no quiere que ellos cierren la puerta." Why is the verb "to close" imperative here? Why wouldn't you just say "Él no quiere que ellos cierran la puerta."? You might be tempted to think "because ...
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How to translate “Vamo' a to'”?

How would you translate into English the phrase "vamo'a to'" ? It is taken from song lyrics and the following line is : "no hay control" (there is no control?). I think the first part is ...
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What is the difference between “háblame” and “cuéntame”?

Memrise.com has a lesson where the translation for each "háblame" and "cuéntame" is "tell me". When would a native speaker use each of these?
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¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “paquete chileno”?

Hace algunas semanas, revisaba videos en Youtube del humorista Gerly Hassan. En una de sus presentaciones en el programa Sábados Felices del Canal Caracol, hizo referencia a la expresión paquete ...
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¿A qué se “agarra” un “agarrado”? ¿Al bolsillo?

Dice la RAE que agarrado es sinónimo de tacaño: agarrado, da Del part. de agarrar. adj. coloq. tacaño (‖ que escatima en el gasto). Y en efecto, lo usamos mucho. Sin embargo, ...
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When to use “ya había” and when to use “habia”?

I'm trying to use the past perfect and in my textbook they use ya había. What is that? What does it mean and how is it different from había?
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What's the Spanish expression for 'boilerplate code'?

Is there a translation that means something similar as it does in English? In my case I need that this was in the Informatic Sciences field, you can found the expression as: boilerplate code ...

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