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Bangs (¡) and queries (¿) within a sentence

I have come across several Spanish sentences in various contexts where they put the opening bang (¡) or opening query (¿) in the middle of a sentence. Some examples below: Cuando tropiece, ¿me ...
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Object pronouns with the subjunctive

I understand that usually object pronouns go before the verb in Spanish. I also understand that present participle (-iendo), infinitive, and imperative are exceptions where the object is attached to ...
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Future subjunctive vs future indicative vs conditional

How do I say 'If he chats with me again, I will be more restrained.' Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, seré distante. Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, seria distante. Si él charle conmigo de nuevo, fuere ...
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Is this a subjunctive situation?

The sentence I am trying to translate this time is: Whatever she promised you is a lie. The closest I can get is as follows: Cualquier cosa que prometí es mentira. But I am not sure if ...
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Difference between -iera and -iese ending of the imperfect subjunctive

There are two forms of the imperfect subjunctve in use, for example, pudiera, pudieras, pudiera, pudiéramos, pudierais, pudieran and pudiese, pudieses, pudiese, pudiésemos, pudieseis, pudiesen I ...
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Gustar en proposición adjetival. ¿Todavía requiere el subjuntivo?

Entiendo que la oración No me gusta que estés parado. requiere el subjuntivo del verbo estar. Pero si cambiamos la oración así, La cosa que no me gusta es que estés parado. ¿Todavía va a ...
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Pronunciation of “ll” in Mexico

There are several questions on this site that deal with the correct pronunciation of "ll" and "y" but despite sounding like a duplicate, this question addresses a slightly different issue. I have ...
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Using Cruzar to indicate turning

My computer based spanish course just served up a lesson where they translated cruzar to mean to turn when giving directions (and did so on multiple occasions). This confused me as I understood ...
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Spanish for “some” in this context

How would one translate the following sentence into Spanish? I made some hot chocolate for the kids. My attempt is: Preparé chocolate caliente para los niños. But I am unable to figure out ...
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La colocación del adjetivo en “fin de semana”

Cuando yo estaba respondiendo a esta pregunta, quería decir que la forma correcta de hablar del fin de semana que viene es: el próximo fin de semana y no: el fin de semana próximo Y eso, ...
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¿Se debe decir jefe o jefa al referirse a una persona de sexo femenino?

Mi jefe en el trabajo es una mujer. ¿Cómo es la forma correcta de referirse a un jefe que es mujer? ¿jefe o jefa? Algunos compañeros de trabajo le dicen jefa, yo le digo por su nombre sin embargo ...
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“At all” in Spanish

How would one translate "at all" in the following sentences: Let's hope she was cute, that is if at all she existed. Did you know her at all? No, not at all! For the last one, claro ...
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“Home” in a non-literal sense

I know home translates as casa or, in some contexts, hogar. But both these terms refer to a more literal idea than I'd like to use at times. They both seem to refer to the actual house. Let's imagine ...
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Use of “Por” for location of time of the day?

I had a question if this was the best way to describe the english sentence Rosquillas and Coffee in the morning is delicious. In spanish would I use Por for the description of the time of day? ...
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¿Qué significa “por” en el eslogan “Es por ti”?

Español En una clase de español hemos hablado del uso de "por" y "para". En camino a casa esto me ha recordada de un eslogan de la compañía de vuelo Avianca que he visto: "Es por ti." No estoy seguro ...
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“Just do it” in Spanish

I am trying to translate the famous Nike tagline in the most natural Spanish possible. From what I have learned at SE and elsewhere, I have come up with: Sólo hazlo But I am curious to see if ...
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Gender agreement with “fin de semana”

Would it be el fin de semana próxima or el fin de semana próximo for next weekend? And how would you say last weekend in Spanish?
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How to say plural of abbreviations

I'm wondering how one would say CDs, in Spanish. I know that a single CD would be spelled in Spanish characters (i.e. "ce de"), however, how would several CDs be spelled in Spanish?
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How to emphasize an action as in “I don't …, but I *do* …”

Español En inglés se puede utilizar el verbo 'do' como un verbo auxiliar para enfatizar una acción. Por ejemplo: You aren't really getting good results at school. - But I do study hard. (No ...
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¿Cómo se dice “in the way” para expresar que estás siendo bloqueado?

How would you tell somebody they are "in the way"? Like for example, too many people are in the kitchen and you want to tell somebody that they are "in the way" Is this correct? Estás en el ...
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What does “llevarle su vida” mean?

In a recent conversation with a native speaker from the Dominican Republic, she used the phrase "llevarle su vida". In the context, I took this to mean "live his/her life for him/her" or be ...
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How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish? [on hold]

How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish? Celular acaba de morir. Any alternatives?
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How do you spell “Chocaraet” correctly?

The Valencian dish Paella traditionally (at least that's how I was taught it has to be done) is prepared by slightly allowing the rice to burn from the bottom, to a point where it gets quite dark. I ...
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How do I say 'It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? [on hold]

How do I say 'It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? Tomó 4 horas volar a Hamburgo. Any alternatives?
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Two que's in a single sentence

Consider the following translation: El odio arrebató la vida a la mujer que amaba. Hatred took the life of a woman I cherished. How would you translate the same sentence with the word ...
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The necessity of indirect object pronouns

For those unfamiliar with indirect object pronouns, but instead use them as native speakers, they are basically me, te, le, nos, les, each of which represent for me, for you, for him/her, for us, or ...
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Direct Object/Indirect Object Pronouns

This is a sentence from "La Forma de la Espada", by Borges: "Entonces yo volví, derribé de un golpe al soldado, sacudí a Vincent Moon, lo insulté y le ordené que me siguiera." I think I understand ...
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“Para” in two different contexts within a single sentence

My boss has asked me to prepare a report for him. And he needs to present it during a meeting with his superiors on Monday. But I can't turn it in ON Monday because that's when his meeting is and ...
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Prenda vs. ropa

Both mean clothing. Although prenda also means jewelry in Venezuela but in general contexts, it seems to be synonymous to ropa. Or is it?
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Ring: “anillo” vs “sortija” [on hold]

Both translate as ring. Is there a difference in connotation? Or is it just a matter of dialect? To further confuse things, I have even heard anilla and aro!
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“old car” slang [on hold]

A friend from El Salvador reckoned an old car (i.e. one that's been around the block) is called una dama vivida, but I can't find any other reference to this. Does anyone know the slang for old car? ...
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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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Meaning of idiomatic phrase: «a caballo de»

I've seen the phrase «a caballo de» being translated as «to be ahead of the game». I'm reading a book, and the sentence doesn't seem to relate to this meaning. The sentence is the following: «La nada ...
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Translating “I want to go back to…”

Picture this: A couple has a bad break up and both parties go their own separate ways. Years pass and one fine day, they run into each other. Memories come flooding and emotions go high. The girl, ...
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Preterite vs. imperfect and “ser” vs. “estar” to describe a natural condition in the past

How does one decide the correct verb and tense while describing a time or natural condition in the past? Take, for instance, the following sentence: It was dark Which of the following would be ...
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“Por” vs. “para” in time expressions (duration)

Consider this sentence: My cousin lent me his camera for two days. Which of the following constructs would be more natural and why: 1. Mi primo me prestó su cámara por dos días. 2. Mi ...
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“Bueno” as hello or greeting?

In the US State I live in, I sometimes hear Spanish speakers greet one another by simply staying "Bueno". I didn't hear this when I was recently in Mexico, although I realize I may just have not ...
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Existe el término “hiso” en español?

Sé que el pasado de Hacer es Hizo. Recibí un correo y cuando le doy a reenviar veo que la persona escribió "hiso" y el Word no me lo resalta como un error ortográfico. Entonces porque Word piensa ...
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Translate “all this while” into Spanish

My friend has been frantically looking for his keys for a long time and believes it's been stolen. Just when he's about to give up, I find it lying in his drawer and rush to tell him. What I want to ...
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¿Cómo se llaman las primeras dos décadas del siglo?

Yo nací en los años setenta y me casé en los noventa. Mis hijos nacieron en... y ahora estamos en... Sé que no hay una respuesta única, pero ¿qué forma cómoda y correcta recomiendan para ...
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Using “atrás” with “volver”

I stumbled upon the following sentence while browsing a Spanish translation website today: Podríamos volver atrás y ver los dinosaurios. We could go back and see all the dinosaurs. Question ...
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“Actualmente” vs. “ahora”

Both translate as now. How does one decide which one to use in which context? My understanding is that ahora is more like "right now, at this moment" whereas actualmente has a broader sense such as ...
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Usage of “hasta” in time phrases

How does hasta translate in the following sentence? Acá viví hasta los veinte años. Which of the following would be the appropriate way to read it? 1. I lived here for 20 years. 2. I ...
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“Pedir para” or “pedir por”

Which one is the correct word to use in this situation, por or para? pedir por direcciones pedir para direcciones
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“Ser” vs. “estar” with continuous actions, i.e. present participle

This is a "contextual" translation I just found online a few minutes ago: Cariño, eres un poco empezando a preocuparnos un poco. Honey, you're kind of starting to worry us a little. The ...
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What can I do with “Mientras”?

I understand that I can never join two Preterite verbs with Mientras, since it implies an ongoing action, but what can I do with mientras? Is it acceptable to have a Preterite and Imperfect verb ...
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Why does saber mean both “to know” and “to taste”?

Español Cuando estudiaba español, estaba muy confundido cuando aprendí que saber significa "to know" y "to taste". Los dos verbos en inglés me parecen muy diferentes. ¿Cómo puede ser esto? ¿Cuál es ...
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Pregunta sobre la voz pasiva con “se”

Entiendo que en Español se puede decir, "La pintura fue creada por Picasso". Pero, no sé si se puede decir lo mismo con la construcción pasiva con "se". ¿Es posible decir, "Se creó la pintura por ...
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¿“Mismo de” o “mismo que”?

Me acaban de corregir dos veces en un documento, y me pongo muy odioso cuando me critican la redacción. Yo siempre he dicho "mismo de": El mismo sistema de antes. Hay que instalarlo en el ...
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El significado idiomatico de la cal

Encontré un modismo que me interesa (inventé un ejemplo) : Nos debemos ir! La policía va a cerrar esta lugar a cal y canto. We gotta get out of here! The police are going to lock this place ...

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