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You can find here the complete reference guide for plurals in Spanish by RAE. In that document you can read that there are some differences from the general rules, which aren't as simple as you described but are quite closed. For example some words coming from other languages can have the same word for singular as for plural: (from Latin) El currículum ...


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Lo correcto es decir Eran varios Jesuses a la vez. La formación del plural en este caso no es distinta de otros sustantivos. Como referencia puedes tomar el artículo de la Wikipedia Formación del plural en Español. El sustantivo (nombre propio) Jesús cae en la regla f) de dicho artículo. f) Sustantivos y adjetivos terminados en -s o en -x. Si son ...


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According to Word Magic and Wiktionary suéteres is the correct word. This is a word borrowed from English word sweater and when the noun ends with -r you must form the plural with -es(Formación del plural en español) Sustantivos y adjetivos terminados en -l, -r, -n, -d, -z, -j. Si no van precedidas de otra consonante, forman el plural con -es: dócil, ...


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None of the cases you mentioned is gramatically correct; they should have used de. As you suggested, it was removed to make it shorter, since it will be understood anyway.


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I think the best translation would be descanso. The RAE lists: Quietud, reposo o pausa en el trabajo o fatiga. as one of the meanings of descanso. recreo would probably be best translated as "recess"; pausa is closer to "pause"; entreacto is closer to "intermission"; interrupción is closer to "interruption"; vacaciones is closer to "vacation";


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The right way is Los auriculares Because it is the plural form of the word, the singular form would be el auricular. Also auriculares is a valid word, but for me (I'm from Mexico) it feels more natural to say (los) audifonos. Something important to clarify is that seeing how auriculares is a plural word, and since it could cause confusion, think of it as ...


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Those sentences are actually impersonal sentences. There is no implied subject. Impersonal sentences are those in which none of the elements of the sentence can be the subject, nor have or could be supposed an implicit subject. Some examples of impersonal sentences would be: En esta biblioteca hay mucho ruido Hay muchos pájaros en ese árbol And ...


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No difference at all. That is one of the big differences between Spanish and English: We are able to remove those whenever we both know who/what we are talking about. If you said it in your first sentence or it is obvious from the context, we can remove it. In English you ALWAYS have to use them. In fact, using a pronoun all the time sounds like a person ...


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There is one entire class of nouns in Spanish which are all regular plurals of the type similar to English "sheep" and "fish" except instead of the singular also being the plural, the plural is also the singular. There is a class of Spanish compound nouns formed by joining a verb with a plural noun. They are all masculine and always the same form is used ...


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It's not grammatical, but it's a case very similar to English headlines: Obama to win elections.


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Si buscas un término apropiado acorde a las definiciones de la RAE, lo mas cercano sería detectable. detectable adj. Que se puede detectar. detectar (Del ingl. to detect). tr. Descubrir la existencia de algo que no era patente. Ahora bien, derivando de estos términos podríamos traducir discoverability como detectabilidad ...


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"Gato", and its feminine form "gata", are the normal way of referring to animals of the Felis silvestris catus subspecies. "Gatita" is a normal way of referring to one's female cat, or any other female cat to which one has sentimental attachment. On the other hand, the same words "gata" and "gatita" can be used to refer to a woman. This second usage is, at ...


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English The -ito ending, like most diminuitives, is productive. As syrux points out, there are other ones that are used more commonly in other areas and tend to be equally as productive (to his list can also be added -iño from Galicia and -ingo from the Andes). When we say a suffix is productive, that means that, theoretically, it can be added to any word ...


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Gavin, I am also a beginner learner of Spanish, and I also have been mystified about the use of el, la, los and las. I have come to the conclusion that they are no simple rules to determine when they need to be used, and when not; otherwise they would be in every beginners textbook, wouldn't they? This is what I have surmised, picking up morsels of ...


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Spanish is called a pro-drop language. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-drop_language That means you don't need to actually write the subject pronoun. After all, in Spanish verbs have different forms depending on the subject. (yo) voy (tú) vas (él / ella / usted) va (nosotros / nosotras) vamos (vosotros / vosotras) vais (ellos ...


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En España es almohadilla, pero no se suele usar mucho ya que ya existe la abreviatura/símbolo N.º (y sus variaciones núm. y nro.) con el mismo significado. De hecho, la primera vez que aparece en una obra de la RAE es con el DPD aunque ese indica que se utiliza en las Américas como equivalente a N.º. Ahora también sale en la edición más moderna del ...


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It’s interesting to notice that even though (at least in Spain) “middle-aged women seeking romantic relationships with younger men” are nowadays a relatively common species, there isn’t a specific word to name those ladies, maybe because the phenomenon is recent. It’s very strange that a slang word doesn’t exist yet, as it is a familiar character in novels, ...


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In cases like this, sometimes it seems that certain words refer to things more important than others, but is explained by the simple use of capital letters in proper nouns. Alá es el dios de los musulmanes y Dios es el dios de los cristianos. Lowercase dios refers to some powerful spiritual being. Uppercase Dios refers to the name given to that spirit ...


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The left side<-A la izquierda o del lado izquierdo The right side<-a la derecha o del lado derecho The front<-enfrente/ al frente The back<-Atrás, el fondo(pensando en algo que se abre u observa al frente el fondo es la parte de atrás como un microondas. The top<-Arriba The bottom<-Abajo, el fondo (pensando en algo que se abre o se observa ...


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En el uso del idioma lo más apropiado (nótese que no digo correcto, si la base de la pregunta es de origen religioso, este no es el lugar para contestarla) es decir Hay varios hombres llamados Jesús. Por supuesto se puede decir Encontré a varios Jesuses allí ya que Jesus es un substantivo y se rige por las normas de ortografía del español sobre plurales y ...


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In many dialects (or forms, if you wish) of Spanish, the S before a consonant transforms into an aspirated sound very similar to the english H. So imagine something like Jesuhcristo and it's only logical that it ends up like Jesucristo * Yes, the S in Cristo could have suffered the same process, so there's a hole in my theory. :D


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There is an implied action: empanar. It means, according to DRAE, empanar. 1. tr. Encerrar algo en masa o pan para cocerlo en el horno. So there you are. Indeed the implied noun is (drums)... algo, i.e. whatever fits inside the bread. It could be meat. But there's no fixed implied known. But the fact that the bread should be stuffed leads to the ...


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There is no implied noun, other than possibly the ambiguous "one" or "thing," as in: Breaded one or Breaded thing The exact same thing happens in English (and probably every other language) when we use an adjective form in the place of a noun to describe something by its primary characteristic. Some obvious examples from Spanish, and their ...


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They aren't actually gender neutral nouns in Spanish except adjectives that have been forced into nouns like lo bueno. Neuter gender would mean they'd use the article lo, or would always use a neuter adjective form (which is -o, it matches the masculine one). Of the Romance languages, only Asturian and Romanian have significant use for the neuter with ...


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To expound a bit on the other answers, and address one specific part of the question: Or is it a regional dialect/slang? The grammatical use of -ita / -ito is universal, however the idiomatic use of certain words is anything but! As an example mentioned in your question, "ahorita" is the normal way, in Mexico, to say "Right now" or "In just a moment" ...


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This is a working answer — there will be updates to it (I'll remove this when I think it's done). Throughout this, I use the standard asterisk in front of a statement that is not grammatical. 1. What is a determiner? A determiner is a word that goes with a noun let's us know which, if any, (out of all of those nouns in the whole of existance), we're ...


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En México se llama signo de número, o simplemente número y gato. El primer nombre se dice generalmente a la hora de poner números de casas y cosas por el estilo y gato cuando se usa para otras cosas como marcar números de teléfono y claro el novedoso hashtag que solo se usa para... hashtags.


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It's not acceptable in formal writing, but we do that all the time. You cannot say it's incorrect. It is not. "Salida coches" and "Venta garage" is perfect Spanish for a sign. I'm punctilious (we all at StackExchange are, aren't we?) and, if I'm writing a report, the heading would be "Notificación de enfermedades infecciosas": I would never dream of ...


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I don't know if that would be of any help, but in ICAO (and, as far as I know, in other UN bodies) Spanish translators use "seguridad operacional", whenever there's "safety" in the English document and simply "seguridad", when it is "security". The difference between the two being that safety (seguridad operacional) is understood as inherent or built-in ...


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I think you would be capitalizing it if it was singular, because then you would be referring to El Cielo, as the specific (and unique of its kind) place where souls go, because you would be referring to the place by its name (proper noun). The "cielos" in plural there has the same meaning as seas, it means "all of them", "the many of them", but obviously ...



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