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Preguntas sobre la forma correcta de escribir una palabra o de indicar cómo pronunciarla. Questions about the correct way of spelling a word.

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How to pronounce 'c#' in Spanish?

In How to pronounce 'c++' in Spanish I see some comments there debating how is the language C# called in Spanish. Wikipedia states si sharp is the way they pronounce it in English. I have ...
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¿Qué palabras provenientes del francés cogieron un acento en la “e” por su escritura francesa, sin que su pronunciación la tuviera?

En Is it "élite" or "elite"? vimos que la palabra élite también puede escribirse elite. Esto es así porque viene del francés élite, que se escribe así pero se pronuncia [elít]....
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“Cacahuate” y “cacahuete”: ¿por qué varían?

Al parecer la misma planta lleva los dos nombres casi iguales, los dos del nahuatl. Tengo entendido que "cacahuate" se usa en México y "cacahuete" en España. ¿Qué ortografía es más fiel al original? ¿...
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Is “gomitar” a real word?

One sometimes hears children say gomitar in place of vomitar. Is this a valid word in any dialect of Spanish, or is it just a mistake that children make?
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¿Cómo se deletrean las “palabras” con varias letras iguales seguidas?

Por ejemplo, para deletrear el comienzo de una dirección web, como www.algo.com, he oído todas estas fórmulas: uve doble, uve doble, uve doble tres uve(s) dobles (lo he oído con S y sin S) triple uve ...
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Uso de “Xp” como “crist” en el siglo XVII

En la partida de nacimiento de mi antepasado Alejo Saiz (abuelo del tatarabuelo de mi tatarabuelo en línea directa paterna, nacido en 1645, quien dio origen al apellido Alejo en mi rama familiar), se ...
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Is it “élite” or “elite”?

I have seen both ways of writing the word in texts: Esta transformación de la estructura básica de la sociedad repercutió en seguida sobre la constitución de la "élite política". [...] y el ...
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¿Cómo escribo el subjuntivo presente de 'adelgazar'?

Según el sitio conjugation.org, el subjuntivo presente del verbo adelgazar es: yo adelgaze tú adelgazes él/usted adelgaze nosotros adelgazemos vosotros adelgazéis ellos/ustedes adelgazen ...
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Is “la sétima” a correct word?

I am writing from Ybor City - Tampa, Florida's National Historic Landmark District. We have a main street which was awarded one of the 10 BEST Streets in America. It is 7th. Avenue. One man, Frank ...
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Are there cases when I can mute last s?

Just listening Manu Chao's marvelous song, "Me Quedo Contigo" The question is - sometimes (not only in this song) it's sounds like last S in some words (ideas, ellas, siglos, ojos, labios etc.) is ...
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How do you spell “Chocaraet” correctly?

The Valencian dish Paella traditionally (at least that's how I was taught it has to be done) is prepared by slightly allowing the rice to burn from the bottom, to a point where it gets quite dark. I ...
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What is the preferred used word for “subscripción”?

What is the preferred used word for "subscripción", "subscripción" or "suscripción"? Why are there two ways to write the same word? Are there any other words like this one where the "b" can be ommited?...
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Why, when, and how did vowels E and I get special treatment from consonants like C,G & Q?

I think this question may involve more than Spanish, and may include Romance languages or even Latin. I wonder why, when, and how did vowels E and I get special treatment from consonants like C, G, ...
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Is the country México or Méjico?

Is the name of the country south of the United States spelled México or Méjico? Which is the official name of the country in English and Spanish? When is each version used?
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¿Cómo se dice, “a caso” o “acaso”?

En español, ¿cuál de las dos siguientes es la forma correcta para hacer la pregunta? ¿A caso estuviste ahí? ¿Acaso estuviste ahí?
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¿“Septiembre” or “setiembre”?

Setiembre is only used in Peru, AFAIK, but I wonder if there are any other countries where setiembre, as opposed to septiembre, is also valid. RAE links the definition of setiembre to the definition ...
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Why is Usted sometimes abbreviated as Vd. instead of Ud.? Is there any difference in usage between the two?

I've noticed that the word Usted can be abbreviated at least 2 ways, the most common of which being Ud. and Vd. to my knowledge. I see how Ud. makes perfect sense, but why is a V used instead of a U ...
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Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?

I've noticed that there aren't any words in Spanish that start with sp. Latin words are altered to include an e in front of the sp. Even loan words are often modified to esp...: spaghetti → ...
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Is the use of @ instead of 'a' or 'o' in order to refer to both masculine and feminine accepted?

I have seen several times the use of @ instead of 'a' or 'o' for referring to masculine and feminine words at the same time. For example: Hola a tod@s. Is this an accepted use?