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Uso de pronombres (palabras cuyo referente no es fijo, sino determinado por el contexto u otros sustantivos ya usados en la frase). // Use of pronouns (words that refer to another noun previously mentioned in the sentence or inferred from the context).

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'no me sé' y 'me la mira'

Encuentro en unas canciones de Ozuna que a veces él usa el pronombre 'me' más de lo que a mí me parece normal. Por ejemplo, en la canción "La Modelo" canta: Yo no me sé ni su nombre, pero la ...
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Removal of accents from demonstratives

I learned in high school that one must add an accent mark on the stressed vowel of the demonstrative pronouns, while no accent is required for the identical adjectives. Ex. : ése (noun) vs. ese (...
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Is the indirect pronoun not always necessary? In these examples shouldn't they all have “le” or “les”?

Can someone explain what is going on here please? The specific question is why does this sentence not have "les" "El chef sirve comida a los niños." It seems to me that it should be "El chef les ...
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Is it idiomatic to use a noun as the apparent subject of a first person plural?

I feel I must have heard this but am now not sure. Can I say Los ancianos vivimos en regiones litorales assuming I am old myself of course. Possible options which occur to me Nosotros ancianos ...
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Moverse (verbo pronombre)

“La clave de este ejercicio es que el vientre se te mueva con esfuerzo.” "moverse" no es reflexivo, porque el vientre no se mueve a sí mismo, sino por sí solo. Preguntas: No entiendo por qué dice “...
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La diferencia entre “se te mueve” y “se mueve”

“La clave de este ejercicio es que el vientre se te mueva con esfuerzo.” ¿Por qué se necesita te? se mueve ya está reflexivo...
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Which is it, “aquí mando yo” or “aquí yo mando”?

I'm a native speaker, but I saw a meme that had it "aquí mando yo" and that sounds weird to me, so I want to know if I'm wrong.
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¿A qué hace referencia “ella” en este fragmento?

La cita es de "Cuando Sara Chura despierte" de Juan Pablo Piñeiro, Los tropicales cantan al alcohol con una mujer a su lado y el alcohol es la metáfora de la fugacidad de ese encuentro. En cambio ...
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When to put the pronoun after the conjugated verb

Why in the below two sentences do the pronouns come after the conjugated verb? ¿Consideran ustedes que está en lo correcto? ¿Consideras tú que España y el Papa deberían pedir perdón por la ...
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Does Spanish have an equivalent of the pronoun “one”?

In English, one can use the gender-neutral indefinite pronoun "one", e.g.: One does not simply walk into Mordor... In most dialects of modern English, this is rarely used, being replaced by the ...
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If “dar” means “to give”, what does “daros” mean?

In the sentence, "Queremos daros una pequeño parte para el viaje a España" (from Olly Richards' Short Stories in Spanish for Beginners, Volume 1) what is the "os" in "daros" for, if "dar" means "to ...
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What happened to “it” as a subject in old Spanish?

I realize that "it" is excluded in Spanish (for the most part) and is not used today. "eso" and "esto" do not mean the same thing nor do él and ella. But what was the old Spanish word for "it" before "...
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Word order with pronouns and adverbs in Spanish

Can someone explain the word order in the sentence below and help me understand the grammar? Mi mamá siempre me compra muñecas. My mom always buys me dolls. Although incorrect, I keep wanting to ...
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Mixed gender groups vs ellos/ellas and nosotros/nosotras

I would like to ask if we can say: Ellos son Amanda (girl) y Pedro (boy). If we have a group of people of the same gender it is quite obvious what word we have to use "ellos" or "ellas". But what ...
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Does 'preguntar' need a pronoun in Spanish?

I am reading a Spanish book. On one page it is written: le preguntó Anita. Further on it is written: preguntó Carmen. I thought 'preguntar' needed a pronoun. Can someone explain why there is ...
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What does 'escápate conmigo' mean in English?

Google Translate tells me the meaning is 'get away with me' and some other dictionaries also give me answers like 'escape me' or 'come away with me' or something like that. Could anybody offer a ...
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Artículo definido, “el”, como sujeto indefinido

En el sitio web https://es.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/disimulo, encontré la siguiente oración: Acción o actitud del que disimula, del que intenta que no se note lo que realmente hace, siente,...
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Forma correcta para referirse a dos personas al mismo tiempo con diferente nivel de tratamiento

Ayer se me dio una circunstancia curiosa. Recibí en casa la visita de dos personas, a una de las cuales trato con familiaridad (de tú), y a la otra la trato con respeto (de usted). En un momento dado ...
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¿Están los “que” bien usado en esta cita de Napoleón?

Hoy he encontrado una cita de Napoleón que dice: Entre aquellos que no les gusta la opresión hay muchos que les gusta oprimir. fuente: brainyquote Ese uso de los "que" me suena un poco raro. ...
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Should I use “los son” or just “son” for “they are”?

Should I use "los son" or just "son" for "they are"? Por esta razón creo que hay un universo alternativo conectado al nuestro y pienso que los son conectados por nuestro clase de español. No voy a ...
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What Direct/Indirect Object Pronoun Is Used With Vos (Colombia)?

When using the informal vos, is it more common to substitute it with le or te as an object pronoun? Or is there another standard way to replace it? And I'm curious how this may vary by country or ...
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Etymology of “nada” and “nadie”

In English, the words to describe the total absence of anything or anybody (and other similar meanings) are nothing and nobody, whose etymologies are quite direct: "no thing" or "not any thing" and ...
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Using “he/she” and “usted's” possessive pronoun in a sentence

I have a sentence: "Father, he was writing in your notebook." Wouldn't that translate into: "Padre, él estaba escribiendo en su cuaderno." Wouldn't that be confusing because it could also read:...
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Conmigo, contigo, consigo… connusco, convusco?

In addition to the pronouns conmigo, contigo, consigo there are the antiquated forms connusco, and convusco. These forms have been seen as outdated since at least as far back as 16111, having ...
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Is it correct to use 'la que' in 'La chica a *la que* vi ayer se llama Ana'?

I have a grammar question about a sentence below. La chica a la que vi ayer se llama Ana. In my point of view, we should use "la que" in this sentence and I think that it is grammatically correct. ...
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Difference between les and se in the context of encanta

I am trying to translate the following sentence They love traveling to Spain My first thought was Se encanta viajar a Espana But it seems like the correct translation is Les encanta viajar ...
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Pronombre : Se “les” movía el trasero

El algodón de los campos ya había sido cosechado, y unas cuantas mujeres con pañuelo en la cabeza estaban arrancando los tallos; el trasero se les movía al sacudir el barro adherido a las raíces. ...
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Difference in meaning between using the compound “cansarme” and the separated “me … cansar”

... que está empezando a cansarme. ... que me está empezando a cansar. Is it just a difference of one being stylistically better than the other? Or do they differ in meaning?
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¿No será que falta el “lo” (el agua) entre *me* y *extrajo*?

Un hombre en calzones, de semblante turbado, me cortó el paso y me arrastró en volandas hasta el pozo. Allí me extrajo solícito un cubo de agua y, acto seguido, corrió de nuevo a su casa ...
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Este/Esta/Esto when referring to an idea

I was taught that "esto" can be used when referring to an idea but I have seen cases where "este" or "esta" is used. In this sentence: Aunque el proyecto de ley fue rechazado, esta ha sido la ...
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Diferencia entre “que” y “quien”

El autor quien acaba de llegar de Francia firmó muchos libros. El hombre que sale del banco ahora lleva una maleta. ¿Podría cambiar quien por que en 1 y que por quien en 2? Si no, ¿por qué?
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How does double negation using '(no) hay' and 'ningún/ninguna' work?

I have a question regarding double negation using '(no) hay' and 'ningún/ninguna'. For example, it is: No hay ningún turista en el hotel. No hay ningún hotel en esta calle. But why do you ...
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“excepto yo” vs “excepto mí”

A translation of the English sentence "Nobody sang except me" into Spanish would be "Nadie cantó excepto yo". Why does the object pronoun in English become the subject pronoun in Spanish?
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What is the correct placement of an object pronoun's explicit pronoun?

Given a sentence containing a direct object like: Le enviaré las fotografías if I want to clarify the pronoun as "usted", where do I put the explicit pronoun? Does it go before or after the direct ...
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Would it be “tu misma” or “ti misma”?

The sentence: Nora, prueba este plato _______ [yourself]. The answer says "ella misma", but I definitely know that's wrong. However, I don't know if it'd be "tu misma" or "ti misma".
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Purpose of redundant pronoun in “Yo los escogí azules”

In the children's book Alexander y el día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso, translated by Alma Flor Ada, Alexander is describing the events of his really bad day: Entonces fuimos a la ...
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¿Artículos/pronombres personales con preposiciones?

(Primero, disculpa si no uso los términos correctos -- pongo esta pregunta parcialmente porque no sé cómo formularla para buscar la respuesta en otro lugar.) Considerad una frase como esta: Él ...
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What is the difference between “le ha caducado” and “ha caducado”?

Why is it that the verb 'caducar' can be used with 'le' as well bearing the same meaning? At least as far as I know Le ha caducado and Ha caducado both mean: it has expired. What I ...
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What is the difference between “no pares” and “no te pares”

I just came across no te pares which according to google translate means don't stop. This is the exact meaning of the negative imperative tú form no pares. What is the difference between them and ...
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Understanding why a pronoun and “que se” are used in a sentence

I have the following sentence below. si Alison no le hubiera dicho al jefe del banco que se callara yo lo habría golpeado English if Alison had not told the bank chief to shut up I would have ...
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All about datives, or: What's that funny “le” or “me” doing in there?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica This is a canonical question and answer about dative uses of le, les, me, nos, se, te and vos that often confuse and confound the Spanish ...
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¿“No lo es” con objeto femenino?

En una frase como la siguiente Esta frase se parece a una frase bonita, pero no lo es. ¿Es correcto usar "no lo es" en vez de "no la es", suponiendo que en el segundo fragmento "la" referiría a "...
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Speaking about body parts in Spanish

I know that the definite articles are used instead of possessive pronouns when dealing with body parts unless the sentence is ambiguous. However, there are times when I get confused: For example, in ...
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Can *yo* be used to show possession?

To remove the ambiguity of sentences such as su camisa está aquí. we can say la camisa de ella está aquí. Can this be done for the rest of the subject pronouns? for example, rather than ...
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Dado “… existe un tipo de sordera (…). Se *le* conoce como X”, ¿podríamos decir “se *lo* conoce”?

He visto esta cita: En Costa Rica existe un tipo de sordera única en el mundo. Se le conoce como la “Sordera de los Monge”. Me pregunto si es posible escribir la segunda oración así: Se lo ...
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Use of “a” with age (numbers) like in “llegar a los cuarenta”

I am drowning in pronouns here. Can someone help me see the grammar behind the use of the "a los" in the sentence below? Gracias, Juan, pero cuando una mujer llega a los cuarenta, comienza a tener ...
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When and when not to add a pronoun to the end of a verb?

I am a little confused about when a pronoun should and should not be added to the infinitive of a verb. So below are some examples: 1) ¿Me compras un sandwich? - Will you buy me a sandwich? 2)...
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Why do we say “preparó unos polvos que… les hacían llorar” and not “los hacían llorar”?

I have come across this sentence in my textbook and I do not understand the choice of using the indirect pronoun. Could you explain it to me? preparó unos polvos que se les metían a los niños en ...
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Pronoun agreement

New Spanish learner here. When translating "The dog is ours", I came up with "El perro es nuestros". Can someone please explain why it is incorrect? The correct answer is "El perro es ...
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Why is the object pronoun *lo(it)* used in these sentences?

I was speaking to a spanish native on Speaky and she used the following sentences Es loco lo sé. It's crazy I know. Eso lo supe en la universidad. I knew that at University. This use is ...