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There is a song «Baila, baila comigo» by the Dominó band from Brazil. I paid attention that in some places it's written conmigo while in another — comigo. Could you, please, explain me what's the difference? Is it Spanish vs. Portuguese version of the same word?

A bonus question: Baïla vs. Baila.

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    I have no idea why the ï would be used. At best it would be used if the song pronounced it BA-i-la (dieresis is used in poetry to mark un stressed hiatuses), but that's definitely very non-standard and unexpected for both Spanish and Portuguese. – user0721090601 Feb 4 '19 at 22:16
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Given the context (a song in Portuguese sung by a Brazilian group), I would assume that when written conmigo it's indeed a Spanish version of the song; and when written comigo is a Portuguese (original) version of the song (keeping in mind, of course, that baila is written in the same way in Spanish and in Portuguese).


Although, here's a fun fact regarding the use of comigo and conmigo: comigo is a word that does exist in Spanish, although it's quite old and is no longer used.

The Diccionario de la Lengua Española has an entry for comigo:

1. pron. person. 1.ª pers. m. y f. sing. desus. conmigo.

As you may notice, the Dictionary states that it's a word that's no longer used. Even in a dictionary from 1729 (Autoridades), the entry states that the word is antiquated:

Comigo: adv. Lo mismo que Conmigo. Es voz antiquada [...].

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  • Thanks a lot. I elaborated the question, added Baila vs. Baïla. – Mike B. Feb 4 '19 at 22:11
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    @MikeB. I think you should better ask that question (regarding baila) in the Portuguese Language Stack Exchange. I bet there's someone with an answer there – prm296 Feb 4 '19 at 22:26

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