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I like to write computer programs. I also like backpacking, bike riding, math, natural languages, books, and learning new things.

Utah is the most beautiful place on Earth.

I have ascended characters from every race and class in Nethack.

brian@utahbrian.com


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?”"
one char edit
Nov
20
revised When is “Te quiero” used to mean “I love you?”"
Spanglish capitalization rules, what are they?
Nov
20
revised When is “Te quiero” used to mean “I love you?”"
more details
Nov
20
comment Question words: “qué” versus “cuál”
«¿Cuál es el numero de tu cel?» (Not qué) Because there are only 10,000,000,000 possible numbers, I guess. -- Most usages are simply by convention and you have to memorize them.
Nov
20
answered When is “Te quiero” used to mean “I love you?”"
Nov
20
awarded  Commentator
Nov
20
comment Use of “Que” in “Que todo te vaya bien”
Ojalá works the same as que here.
Nov
19
awarded  Nice Answer