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Usage of “a” with debido

The sentence I was trying to translate is: We had to cut short our vacation due to the storm. A Spanish learning site gave the translation as: Tuvimos que acortar las vacaciones debido a la ...
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"On screen” in Spanish

How does one translate the phrase, “on screen” into Spanish? Is the below sentence an appropriate attempt? Por pudor nunca besaría en la pantalla. Out of modesty, she would never kiss on screen.
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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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Hay que vs tener que vs deber

I understand that all three of them are the Spanish equivalent of “ought to” or “must” or “should". But I really need to know if there are any subtle differences in the sense they convey. Also, are ...
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Ser vs estar in this sentence

The sentence I want to translate is: The wine cellar should be dark and dry. Which of the following would be more appropriate and why? La bodega debe ser oscura y seca. La bodega debe estar oscura ...
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Turning a certain age in Spanish

I know tener is the verb used when talking about one’s age. So the following translation makes perfect sense: Tengo treinta años. I am 30 years old. But what if I want to translate the following ...
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How do you say “hot chocolate” in spanish?

It is clear that a literal translation yields "chocolate caliente," but is this the correct translation for hot chocolate?
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“Something big” in Spanish

I want to say, “Something big is happening today.” Is the following translation the most appropriate? Algo grande va a pasar hoy. In the same vein, is the following the correct translation for, ...
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gustar: “I like the cat” vs “The cat likes me”

I put this in the google translate page: the cat likes me i like the cat I get back the translation: el gato me gusta me gusta el gato which doesn't look right at all, and sure enough it gets ...
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Por vs para when discussing number of times

Which one would be the preposition of choice when discussing the number of times something happened? Examples: I saw her for the third time. She is visiting me for the first time.
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Ser vs estar in sentences about composition

Could someone please advise which is the verb of choice in sentences that talk about what things are made of or look like? See the following example: My bathroom is covered in tiles. For the above ...
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Sé creativo! Why is “estar” not used for this imperative?

I got the following dialogue: -- "Yo no se que hacer." -- "¡Sé creativo y conseguirás lo que quieres!" Why do I use "sé" in this case? What is the rule to apply? To me, the usage of ...
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¿Cómo traducir “responsive” al español?

Hace poco oí un par de personas usar las palabras página responsable para referirse a lo que en inglés se conoce como "Responsive User Interface" -o responsive a secas-. A mi me parece que esta es ...
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What is the best way to find out if a book is available in Spanish?

There are many books I would like to read in spanish, such as George Jackson's "Soledad Brother" What is the most efficient way for finding out if a particular book is available in Spanish?
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Too big for him

While translating the phrase, “too big for him,” should we use "por" or "para"? In other words, which one of the below would be correct Spanish: Esa broca es demasiada pequeña por esta pared. ...
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Is there an expression for “turn of phrase” in Spanish?

Something with a little more of the poetic flavor of "turn of phrase" than, say, "forma de hablar" (manner of speaking / figure of speech) or "expresión", that is. To clarify, I'm thinking of this ...
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What does “Le tengo” mean in “Le tengo miedo al fracaso”?

The sentence means "I am afraid of failure". Why do we use Le tengo instead of Yo tengo or Tengo? Moreover, why are we using al instead of de for of?
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Creating new spanish words by adding dimunitives

Please help me out, I am not sure about this. Can you add diminutives to Spanish words where this is not traditionally done and create new words that most people would understand? e.g. take a random ...
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Nos hace sentirnos o Nos hace sentir

¿Qué forma es correcta? y ¿qué regla se aplica en estos casos? Nos hace sentirnos. o Nos hace sentir. Me hace sentirme. o Me hace sentir. Te hace sentirte. o Te ...
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“Lo peor ya ha pasado” - Why is “Lo” used?

The sentence translates to The worse has already passed. Why is lo used instead of el? When am I supposed to use one over the other?
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Simple preterit and imperfect preterit connotations of “saber”

I need some refreshing on the differences between preterit and imperfect preterit tenses of the verb saber. I understand the following connotations: saber -- To know (or to taste) sé, sabes, sabe ...
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Punctuating quoted sentences

I've found lots of information online about proper punctuation (after the quotation marks) when a dialogue tag is used. However, I cannot find any reference regarding if the quotation or dialogue line ...
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What rule governs this usage of the apostrophe in this case?

I was reading the other day and came across this passage: En mi carrera me he planteado metas que siempre he alcanzado y ahora'gozo de un éxito profesional extraordinario... I have never seen a ...
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Castellano vs español - Which countries prefer which?

Suppose we are agreed that for most purposes, "castellano" and "español" refer to pretty much the same language (though perhaps some may disagree---see this other SE question). From reading that ...
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“Ella es nuestra madre” - Why is “nuestra” feminine?

Why is nuestra feminine if we do not know the gender of the people the speaker is referring?
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Uso de “heme aquí”

Lo he visto en alguna ocasión en literatura o alguna interpretación de español antiguo, pero no es muy común, supongo que de alguna forma su uso está obsoleto. Ahora las dudas: ¿Cual verbo es el ...
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How do you say “muscle fever” in Spanish?

I've heard only "envaramiento", so people say in Spanish Estoy envarado por haber nadado ayer. Wikipedia says it's said agujetas, which I've never heard. Is there another non-medical term for ...
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What does “si vienen palos” mean?

y es por eso que si vienen palos, yo seré el primero en dar This is from the lyrics of a song. I do understand the meaning of the words but a literal translation doesn't make any sense ("... ...
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Validez del término “Inmessionante”

Background: El año pasado leí una noticia sobre la inclusión de una palabra al diccionario Santillana. Se trata del término "Inmessionante", el cual fué creado en un intento de definir la manera de ...
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What is “él” for in “Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él”?

I found this sentence which makes sense except for the last word él: Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él. I am here because he has sent me. What is the él doing here? At first when I read it I ...
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What sort of Spanish are they speaking in this video?

I like watching videos to learn and I used to watch a show from Spain but the Spanish in this video (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VPGo3t5qTZ4) seems different somehow. What kind is it? And, is this ...
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Why is trabajar being conjugated here?

Here is the sentence: Este gran libro es el resultado de años de trabajo duro. = This great book is the result of years of hard work. Why is trabajar being conjugated to the yo form? Is the ...
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Alternativas menos negativas a “desafortunadamente”

Estoy escribiendo un correo orientado a negocios. Quiero decir "Desafortunadamente, blah blah blah, porque bleh bleh bleh", con el objetivo de dar a conocer un hecho que no es beneficioso para la otra ...
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What does “huele al lobo” mean?

In Roberto Bolano book 2666 there is a piece sus reservas, su discrecion rayana en una quimerica omerta de viejo nazi que huele al lobo. What does it mean? In Google I only found search reult ...
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What is the difference between “al” and “a la”?

Consider the following sentence: Vamos a entender a la maestra. (We are going to understand the teacher) I remember seeing in a similar sentence the word al being used instead of a la. So are ...
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Translating “Most Games Played” Accurately?

What's the best translation for Most Games Played in terms of video games?
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What if I cannot hear a tiny difference between similar Spanish sounds?

What if I cannot hear a tiny difference between similar Spanish sounds? Can I still go on studying Spanish if I cannot distinguish tiny differences between similar Spanish words? For example: pino ...
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What is the difference between using “de” and “que” for the English word “to”?

Here are two examples where de and que are meant to translate to to in English: ¿Dónde tengo que dejar los documentos? = Where do I have to leave the documents? Es imposible de saber = It is ...
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What is the difference between “No puedo comer” and “No puedo como”?

I thought that you were supposed to use the conjugated version of comer when referring to the subject, but I see sentences formed like the first example. So what is the difference between both ...
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'de' in Yo me alegro de no estudiar

Yo me alegro de no estudiar: la mejor escuela es el teatro. (Literally?!:) I am glad to not study: the best school is the theater. Why is de used in this example? Is que (that) a reasonable ...
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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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¿Como se entiende “go into real estate” en español?

Estuve leyendo un artículo en inglés y me encontré con esta frase. Según he buscado, real estate significa bienes raíces, pero traduciendo esta frase de manera literal a irse a bienes raíces no le ...
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“Le lee un diario a ella” - Is the person who reads male or female?

The translator says the sentence is this in English: Le lee un diario a ella = He reads her a book. I thought it was "You read her a book" because it's unclear from the wording the gender of ...
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¿Cuál es el verbo para “party” en español?

¿Cómo se dice "I want to party tonight"? Yo sé que se puede decir "Quiero ir a una fiesta esta noche", pero estoy buscando un verbo que tenga el mismo efecto.
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What musical instrument is “bateria”?

The direct translation I found for "bateria" is "battery" (makes sense), but in a list of musical instruments, what does it signify? Is it drums? Percussion?
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How to translate “speak one's piece”?

The title says it all, how do you say "speak one's piece"[1] in Spanish? [1] Speak your piece means "state your opinion or view".
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¿Cómo se legalizan los superlativos irregulares?

Por ejemplo hoy estaba buscando buenísimo en el RAE y veo que la palabra no se encuentra, en su lugar veo bonísimo, ma. Entonces me dirijo al Diccionario panhispánico de dudas y me encuentro que me ...
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Translating a prayer [closed]

I want to translate the following prayer from English: "Dear Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit be with all of us, guide us in our studies and give us perseverance, help us to have patience with ...
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What's the difference between “guardar” and “mantener”?

What's the difference between "guardar" and "mantener"? The English I want to translate is "Help us to keep a good sense of humor." The verb to translate is "keep".
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What is the difference between “guiar” and “dirigir”? [closed]

What is the difference between "guiar" and "dirigir"? The translation from the English that I want is "guide us in our studies." Should I use guiar or dirigir?

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