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Usted comes from Vuestra Merced (later Vuesarced), meaning "Your Grace". Since this was an indirect way of addressing someone, it was inflected in the third person. That is, strictly speaking, you are not addressing the person, but "Their Grace". As time went on, the person inflection was kept, even though its origins became opaque. In a study entitled El ...


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The most common word is 'pantalones' (plural) and 'pantalón' (singular). Other types of pants are specified using adjectives: "shorts" will be "pantalones cortos" and jeans "pantalones vaqueros" (also valid in their singular forms). As in English, you can use the plural form to refer to one item, and you can also use the singular form. Both forms are ok and ...


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In Argentina it's used in both ways: Pasame el pantalón. Ponete los pantalones (referring to the pair). ¿Dónde pusiste el pantalón? ¿Dónde pusiste los pantalones? IMO par de pantalones is starting to get deprecated is normal speech (it takes too long to pronounce), while pantalones can refer to the same pair of pants with much less ...


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"Vostede" (galego) & "vusté" (català) & "você" (português) all come from the same medieval expression "vo(ue)stra/vossa merced(e)/mercê," as it was customary in the Middle ages to speak to those with titles, honors or age in the third person (your honor, your highness, your grace). "Vos" is original to Latin (vous in French & voi in Italian) ...


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"Cualquiera" can work as an determinative adjective (used with a noun) or as a pronoun. In this site it is explained its use as a determinative: Cualquier It is the singular form and it appears before the noun, which can be both masculine and feminine: Coje cualquier libro Lee cualquier página Cualquiera It is the singular form and it appears ...


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Coincidentally, this morning I found this article that relates to this question. I will post the part of the article that relates to this question and link the source. El Diccionario panhispánico de dudas registra la palabra chor (plural, chores) como sustantivo masculino usado en Estados Unidos, Honduras, España, Costa Rica, República Dominicana y ...



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