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Nov
25
comment “xq” in Internet slang/abbreviations
«xk» means the same as «xq», just as «k» means the same as «q» and both mean «que» (or «qué»). But «xD» has nothing to do with «por». Texting is hard.
Nov
23
comment Why are certain words ending in “a” masculine?
Actually, they were neuter in Latin and Greek, but Spanish doesn't observe neuterness.
Nov
23
revised Why are certain words ending in “a” masculine?
Included a little Latin and Greek. I hope it's right; it has been a long time since I was in high school.
Nov
23
comment What is the difference between different ways of expressing desire and intention?
Mexico is where I hear me toca and me late to express desire.
Nov
22
awarded  Quorum
Nov
22
comment Why should we use estar over ser for being old or fat?
I have a skinny friend who sits in the plaza with me and points to ladies, «¿Qué adivinas -- está gorda o embarazada?» and it's always estar.
Nov
22
awarded  Scholar
Nov
22
accepted Matutino and Vespertino
Nov
22
revised Are there any nouns with irregular plurals in Spanish?
lapices y veces
Nov
22
asked Are there any nouns with irregular plurals in Spanish?
Nov
22
revised Words that mean different things in the preterite
imrpoved english
Nov
22
comment “Ser” and “Estar”: Spanish vs. Portuguese
Ser in both languages (and Catalan) comes from Latin sum, esse, fui, futurus and estar comes from sto, stare, steti, status. (That status is good for memorizing the difference, if you already speak Latin.) They can diverge any time speakers choose, of course, but they're coming from the same roots.
Nov
22
revised Words that mean different things in the preterite
added succeed option
Nov
22
comment Best translation of “just wanted to”
Quisiera sounds really polite and gives a lot of softening. Me gustaría is a little less so and less formal sounding. One of those is probably what you want.
Nov
22
asked Words that mean different things in the preterite
Nov
21
answered ¿Cómo se pronuncia un número de siglo?
Nov
21
revised What is the difference between different ways of expressing desire and intention?
apparently antojar in place of antojarse is a Mexicanism and even considered less refined in Mexican speech, tener ganas
Nov
21
asked When should you use the preterite or the imperfect to express past time?
Nov
20
revised Does indirect speech in Spanish require changes in tense, mood, etc?
made title clearer, cleaned up main text a little.
Nov
20
revised When is “Te quiero” used to mean “I love you?”"
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