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Plurals of numbers

Is there an easy way to translate the plurals of numbers? Some seem pretty straight forward. For instance two sixes → dos seises. But what about when the number is already plural, or when ...
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“Maluco” en el castellano colombiano

¿Qué significa exactamente "maluco"? He oído muchas veces esta palabra en Colombia (Antioquia) pero no pude encontrarla en ningun diccionario. ¿Es simplemente sinónimo con "malo" o qué?
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Palabra más polivalente del español

Tras leer la pregunta de fedorqui sobre picarse, me sorprendió ver que el verbo picar tiene 57 acepciones aceptadas. Así que me pregunto: ¿cuál es la palabra más polivalente (con más acepciones) del ...
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“Toma un tiempo” o “lleva un tiempo”, ¿qué suena más natural?

¿Qué suena más natural en castellano, tomar tiempo o llevar tiempo? Una actividad que toma un tiempo considerable en ser desarrollada. Una actividad que lleva un tiempo el ser desarrollada.
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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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traducir “facility” (eufemismo para “cárcel”)

Necesito un eufemismo para cárcel. En inglés se usa facility. Creo que se prefiere usar un eufemismo para no ofender.
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¿Cómo explicar el uso del subjuntivo en esta frase?

La calle era discreta a pesar de que las tantas ventanas de su nombre hicieran pensar en demasiados ojos detrás de los visillos. Gracias
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What is the difference between using por for causation/reason and para for purpose?

I understand a lot of the uses of por and para. But there is a certain context that I am having trouble on. I get the feeling that causation/reason is for things that are going to happen and have ...
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Nombre de los acentos y otras marcas ortográficas

En otra pregunta hice una mala traducción al inglés. Quise referirme al acento gráfico (´) como tilde, pero la traducción correcta es diacritic. Esto me confundió un poco. Quiero entonces consultar ...
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Speakers' location in determining venir vs. ir

In English, we use the word "come" very loosely (at least in day-to-day spoken English): Want to come over to my place later? Can I come over to your house for New Years'? Can you come meet me at ...
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“Instante eterno”, ¿cuál es la figura?

Tengo estos pares que, por su significado, no pueden estar juntos, pero que por un juego de palabras tienen algún sentido figurado o son humorísticos. Pero no puedo recordar (o nunca he sabido) su ...
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What is the difference in meaning between: se celebra & celebra?

I am having a hard time knowing when to use a reflexive pronoun before a verb. I understand when they are used before reflexive verbs but I often see them in front of non reflexive verbs too. For ...
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Declension of the word “patán”

How does one decline (if at all) the adjective patán? We all know there's inconsistencies in languages and I was thinking about this adjective. My intuition tells me it should be declined, but it ...
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Fireworks en español

Me interesa saber en que forma puedo traducir esta palabra porque sé que está "Cohete" muy formal además de "Pirotecnia" y "Fuegos artificiales" que son demasiado técnicas. Estoy interesado en saber ...
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Using El, La, Los and Las when it seems that they should not be used

I've been teaching myself Spanish for a while now and am getting ok but I am confused by the use of el, la, los and las. I know that they are used to give gender and number. That's no problem. What ...
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¿Qué es una “máquina de coser para costura over”?

A friend is asking me to check the price for a maquina de coser para costura over in the U.S., to see if it's worth bringing with me to Mexico when I visit soon. I don't know what that is. She doesn'...
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¿Cuándo un aumentativo cambia el género del sustantivo?

Al respecto de ¿Por qué es bajón antónimo de subidón?, me surge la duda de por qué a veces el aumentativo de un nombre femenino mantiene su género, como señora/señorona, mientras que otras cambia, ...
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Uso del imperfecto y pretérito

Uso de los verbos en el tiempo pasado. "Recios golpes sonar en la puerta". La frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. ¿Por qué usa el pretérito en vez del imperfecto?
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¿Qué picamos cuando alguien se “pica”?

Con frecuencia decimos en España: Ayer le dije a Juan que es un calzonazos y se picó. Es decir, con picar indicamos que alguien se enfada. El DRAE lo recoge así: picar De pico1. ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “liarse la manta a la cabeza”?

Hay una expresión en castellano que dice: Liarse / echarse la manta a la cabeza Para mí, se refiere a animarse a hacer algo de un modo algo irreflexivo, del tipo: Juan siempre quiso ver ...
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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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“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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Use of the preposition ''de''

Could you explain the use of the preposition ''de'' in this sentence? Hablo un poco de español Does it indicate possession?
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¿Es correcto pronunciar “hiede” con una h sonora?

No sé si sea correcto, pero le he escuchado a mucha gente (e inconscientemente es la primera pronunciación que se me ocurre cuando pienso en la palabra) la pronunciación de hiede con una h sonora. ...
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¿Cómo puedo explicar el uso del subjuntivo en esta frase?

Lo quería tanto, que en vez de engañarlo prefirió seguir amándolo aunque tuviera que hacérselo saber de un modo brutal. ¿Por qué va con el subjuntivo si se trata de un hecho real?
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What is the significance of the gender of a noun in Spanish? [closed]

I'm just relying on memorization to conjure the gender of nouns. Perhaps if I understood etymologically why these genders came about, I would have an easier time remembering. There are three ...
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Singular and plural of pants, shorts, jeans, etc

In English, words like pants, shorts, and jeans appear to be in the plural but really refer to one item of clothing (I don't know what the technical term for it is). To be more specific, you can say "...
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¿Es ofensivo para los creyentes mencionar “hostia” como interjección?

Según la RAE hostia tiene una connotación religiosa: f. Hoja redonda y delgada de pan ácimo, que se consagra en la misa y con la que se comulga. Pregunta: ¿Es ofensivo mencionar, ...
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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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What is the difference between “es” and “está”?

Can any one please explain to me when should I use está in place of es? As far as my understanding goes es translates to is and está translates to this. But sometimes I see that está is translating ...
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Why “se” in front of some verbs?

I get very confused when I see se in front of some verbs in Spanish or about when to put it in front of a verb when writing in Spanish. From my understanding I think it is used when someone is trying ...
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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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When to use “a un”

Here's a silly example: To translate I hear a cat and a horse this is what I was told was correct Oigo a un gato y a un caballo But if "a cat" or " a dog" translates to "un gato" or "un ...
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Imperfect Subjunctive with present tense independent clause?

Starting with: Creo que él lo hizo. If I wanted to say the opposite in the simplest and most precise way posible it seems I have a few obvious options: No creo que él lo haga. No creía/...
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Interpretation of quotes or famous sayings [closed]

I know you can't translate everything directly, sometimes it doesn't make sense, specially when it comes from quotes. What would be the best intepretation of the following quotes?: What goes ...
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2answers
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Using past tenses with specific verbs

I would like to know how to use past tenses with verbs like 'ser', 'estar', 'tener' 'vivir'. Specifically, I can say 'Pensaba en ti' and 'Pense en ti'. They're equivalent of english 'I was thinking ...
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1answer
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If the subject doesnt change, when do I use the infinitive?

So I know this works with the infinitive: quiero tomar leche But what if there are multiple verbs or different scenarios? What are the rules? For example: Yo he estado considerando hacer un ...
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“O sea después”

Chateé con mis amigos virtuales 3 horas y o sea, 3 horas después fui de compras con mi esposa. What's another alternative for ' o sea' ?
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Why is the 23rd translated as the 22nd day of the month?

In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte, it says: ...on the morning of the twenty-third of November, ... The Spanish translation ("Los Desterrados de Poker Flat") has it thus: ...en la mañana ...
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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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Past passive form of “Godzilla ha comido el hombre”

Objective Clarify how to make the past form of "El hombre se ha come por Godzilla" (The man has been eaten by Godzilla). Background As a practice, tried to make the past passive form of "Godzilla ...
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Would 'quién' be used here or 'quien'?

No tengo a nadie con quien practicar. Would quién be used here or quien? Guides online that explain the difference are a little hard for me to understand. Which is grammatical?
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Implications of 'Hasta dentro'

Question What situation/context does it indicate 'Hasta dentro'? Example: La reunión no comienza hasta dentro de 3 horas. Is it the same with "La reunión no comienza por tres horas" and 'haste ...
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»Ojalá« + subjuntivo

Estuve pensando en esta construcción para interpretar sus significados. Por ejemplo: Ojalá digas eso. Ojalá dijeras eso. Ojalá hubieses dicho eso. En las tres formas tenemos el ...
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Why I always bite my tongue when speaking spanish 'd' in the sentence

I could correctly pronounce 'da' 'de' pairs of letters, as many native speakers told me: just put the tip of your tongue between the upper and lower teeth and against the back of front teeth. ...
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Shouldn't agua be profundo instead of profunda? [duplicate]

According to Duolingo, the phrase "The water is not deep" should be translated "El agua no es profunda." instead of what I guessed, "El agua no es profundo." Since "agua" is masculine (el), shouldn't ...
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The distinction among ke, gue, que, and ce, ze

As title, I cannot tell the differences. The most important is I found some spanish speakers write 'k' instead of 'que'. Why?

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