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De qué manera una palabra, frase o concepto es usado en el idioma español. // How a word, phrase, or concept is used in the Spanish language.

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Pasado de moda-word use and context

I know ''pasado de moda means old-fashioned especially with clothes at least. I reviewed Spanishdict and the RAE. THe latter states: pasar, o pasarse, algo de moda locs. verbs. Perder actualidad o ...
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Expression: sota, caballo y rey, context and word use

The expression "sota, caballo y rey" is derived from card playing. According to El Mundo, it means something that doesn't vary and is repeated in the same manner. Por su parte, la expresión ...
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What is the new word for North Africans born in Spain?

I listened to the podcast Hoy Hablamos. The episode was called "Los chonis y las Chanis". They used a word for North African descendants living or born in Spain. I think it comes from French ...
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In Laura Esquivel's book "Como agua para chocolate" this phrase appears

¿Qué significa la siguiente frase? Observar lo repuesta que se encontraba Chencha
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Pájara mental -adopted use or generally accepted

I learnt a new word from an article I received in a newsletter from El País. It is "pájara" or in this case "pájara mental". I see from the RAE that it means: En ciclismo, bajón ...
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Usage of ese/esa/eso with implied gender

A friend from Argentina (native) and I (non-native) have been arguing for the past few hours about the grammatical validity of the following bolded sentence: «Este hecho es interesante: Todo el ...
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"go to a wedding" vs "be in a wedding"?

How do you distinguish between "go to a wedding" and "be in a wedding" in Spanish? I would have thought "go to a wedding" would be "ir a una boda," but both ...
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What is the difference between “Voy a ir al cine” and Voy al cine”?

What is the right sentence? Or are they both used? I want to know the exact meaning of the two sentences. Thank you!
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En un plis plas context

I have read previous posts about the origin of the expression," en un plis plas". I also have checked the RAE and Spanish Dictionary ,and Word Reference for examples. They all confirm it ...
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¿Es común el uso de "birlar" con el significado de "matar"?

En el DLE aparece birlar con varias acepciones, entre las que me llama la atención la tercera: 3. tr. coloq. Matar o derribar a alguien de un golpe o un disparo. No conocía esta acepción y me ha ...
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How does Spanish handle people that identify as binary as far as with noun + verb agreement? [duplicate]

As gender has become a more varied identification than just male and female for people, how is it dealt with in a language so entrenched in gender? would a binary person be - ellos and use the plural ...
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If a verb is transitive does it always need to be accompanied with a direct object/direct object pronoun?

In Spanish, if a verb is transitive does it always need to be accompanied with a direct object/direct object pronoun? For example, see the following sentence: Los países ricos extraen más que dan a ...
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"Cuando era niño" or "cuando estaba niño"? How do I say "when I was a kid"? [duplicate]

According to Duolingo, "when I was a kid" in Spanish is "cuando era niño" or "cuando era niña". Google Translate says the same thing. That sounds strange to me. Being a ...
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¿Qué tan aceptable es "es como [algo]" como sustituto de "[se] parece [algo]"? [closed]

Según Google Translate, "It's a little like [something]" se traduce como "Es un poco como [algo]." ¿Es correcto? Además, ¿es también aceptable decir "Comó es un poco como [...
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El significado de usar una frase con "en" después del verbo "sentir"

En esta frase: La fuerza de combate de un supersaiyano de tercer nivel es tan apabullante que llega a sentirse incluso en un lugar tan lejano como el Kaioshinkai. Cuando dice que el fuerza apabullante ...
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What cues or clues can we look for to work out the context in which "ya" is being used? [closed]

After reading a brief explanation about the versatility of the word "ya" in Spanish, and how it can basically be used in different contexts to express ideas relating to the past, present and ...
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Historia de la palabra "lavanda" para referirse de forma común al "espliego"

Según mis recuerdos, cuando era pequeña, para nombrar a la planta silvestre con flores azules en forma de espiga con un intenso olor muy perfumado, que se encuentra a veces caminando por la montaña, ...
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‘le di’ meaning ‘I took’ instead of ‘I gave’ - darle un trago (a algo)

La única vez que probé cerveza fue cuando tenía doce años y le di un trago en secreto a la Old Style de apá cuando fue al baño. This is translated by google translate as: The only time I ever tasted ...
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Using either aparte or separado(a)

The expression in English, "These breads [this bread] in a separate bag please." Normally I'd say, Por favor, estos panes en una bolsa (de papel) separada Google translate used apartar ......
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Does “acabar de …” only convey “just” in the “very recently” sense, or does it also mean “just” in the “only just” sense?

Consider this sentence El viaje acaba de comenzar. I believe we can understand it as The journey has just begun. But in English, “The journey has just begun.” can mean both The journey has begun ...
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What is the difference between estará vs será? [duplicate]

Can someone explain the difference between these two in the future tense (examples would be very appreciated)? Since the future tense expresses uncertainty of the future, I am not sure how to ...
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Palabra "sabatismo"

Cita de Cuestiones Místicas por el p. Gonzalez Arintero, alto de la p. 173 : Todos los días, nos advierte el Apóstol (Hebr., 3, 13, 14; 4, 1-12), se nos invita a entrar en ese descanso; para nosotros ...
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Situational Por vs Para

What is the difference between "Judy canta para Emily" and "Judy canta por Emily"? Don't they both mean "to" in this situation?
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Cual es la diferencia entre zafar y escapar?

Yo le pregunté a chatgpt cual es la diferencia y me respondió que: En resumen, "zafar" se refiere a liberarse de una situación difícil o a desatascar algo, mientras que "escapar" ...
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Why does resultar have le/les before it?

What is the purpose of le/les in the following sentences: Juan estaba intentando sentarse. Le resultaba difícil respirar. Les resultaba difícil creerlo. The verb gustar functions with a le/les ...
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"mejor A que B" vs. "prefirió A a B"

I recently encountered in text "prefirió ser A a disfrutar B" which is a construct I have never seen before.  I was taught and have often encountered "mejor A que B."  Is the new-...
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Situacion hipotética -- "could/might/may have... done it..."

Digamos que he perdido mi libro y no sé dónde. Uno de los lugares donde estaba yo fue una cafetería. Entonces, vuelvo allí a averiguar esto. Lo que hubiese dicho en ingles sería: I could/might/may ...
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Ábrele a Ana or Ábrela a Ana?

I have a hard time with laísmo. For example: Ábrele/Ábrela a Ana. No la/le escribas a ella. They sound better with la (-la) but they are in feminine.
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The use of 'de' between verbs

I have a basic understanding of Spanish which I am trying to improve. Can someone please explain, in brief, why the following type of sentence includes 'de' ? 'estoy tratando de estudiar' which in ...
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Why is it clic and not clique?

I wonder: is "clic", as in "mouse click", the official term that RAE suggests? Won't the "clique" be a more proper word according to the rules of Spanish? Why hasn't it ...
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God damn if..(sí que (eso) es/si (eso) no es/si es que (eso) es)[Adverbio de afirmación]

I didn't realize that that was something that you could do. Thank you for this comment! God damn if that ain't the truth. ¿Cómo traducirías esto? Es un comentario de aprobación a otro comentario de ...
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What does isimo mean when used at the end of a person’s name?

I have a close friend that says this when saying my name, and I find it very endearing. Just curious as to the exact meaning of it
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Is the phrase still "cuantos años tiene" where the age is obviously less than one year?

You see the parents of a baby obviously less than one year old. You want to ask how old the baby is. Would it be natural or ridiculous to ask "Cuantos años tiene?" In other words, would the ...
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Who qualifies as güero/moreno and are they similar in use?

When I go buy a fresh pressed juice in the streets of CDMX, I am often referred to as güero, even though I have brown hair. Güero is sometimes translated as "blonde", which doesn't seem ...
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Es correcto decir la Empresa (nombre de la empresa)usando la palabra Empresa con mayúscula?

Por ejemplo si quiero decir Informe de la Empresa "Los Pollitos" ¿estaría bien?, o la otra opción seria Informe de la empresa "Los Pollitos". ¿El sustantivo en ese caso es con ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre arrogante y prepotente?

La rae dice: prepotente Del lat. praepŏtens, -entis. 1. adj. Más poderoso que otros, o muy poderoso. U. t. c. s. 2. adj. Que abusa de su poder o hace alarde de él. U. t. c. s. etimologias.dechile ...
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Qué significa "efectivismo" en estudios de cine?

Traduzco un artículo para portugués sobre la película Ama Lur (1968), una película de 99 minutos. En ella se enfoca las terras bascas y la vida tradicional de la cultura de la región que corresponde ...
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¿Se usa/entiende la expresión "cascarón de huevo" más allá de Andalucía?

Acá por el sur de España usamos la expresión cascarón de huevo para designar a aquellas personas a las que, por el motivo que sea (bien la edad, bien la salud, bien la inexperiencia), no se les deben ...
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‘a’ after ayudar?

It’s unclear to me when the word ‘a’ comes before an infinitive in Spanish and when it shouldn’t. For instance suppose I want to say: “Trees help you to combat pollution” should it be “Los arboles te ...
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¿Cuál podría ser una alternativa para la expresión "embutido vegetal"?

En los últimos años, estamos siendo testigos de un neologismo que, si he de ser sincero, a mí no me convence demasiado. Me refiero a la combinación embutido vegetal. Si partimos de que el Diccionario ...
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Is "¿Qué dices si te rompo la cara?" a good translation of "what'd you say about me breaking your face"?

In the movie Men in Black, Tommy Lee Jones says this in the border patrol scene: ¿Qué dices si te rompo la cara? I think it's a literal translation of: What'd you say about me breaking your face? ...
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¿En qué casos se utiliza la expresión "se pone", y en cuáles "se coloca"?

Siendo los verbos poner y colocar sinónimos (en particular por el primer significado de cada uno), es posible usar uno u otro indistintamente, aunque ya a fines del siglo pasado recuerdo que la gente ...
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Fallar or decepcionar

I want to say, Spain is famous for it's festivals, las Fallas don't disappoint. Is it "Las Fallas no fallan" or "no decepcionan". Or is it something else? I have checked everywhere ...
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El estatus de la tarifa telefonica -- se *volverá* activo?

Digamos que quiero preguntar sobre el estatus de la tarifa de mi teléfono. Especificamente, sobre el cambio que ocurrirá depues de haber recargado el teléfono (su tarifa). Cómo lo preguntaré? "El ...
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Can "La Corrida" mean "The Bullfight"?

I am working on a product branding project and hope to use a Spanish term for a product line named after the Spanish form of bull fighting. Almost all the branding content will be in English so I just ...
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¿Uso incorrecto de la preposición "en"?

Me parece que en el titular de este artículo (El inusual fenómeno meteorológico que puede llegar este fin de semana en Asturias) se utiliza mal una preposición, pero querría consultar si soy yo quien ...
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Swimming pool / facility vs piscina

En alemán tenemos dos palabras: "Schwimmbad" - se trata de toda la instalación con casa, vestuarios, césped y piscinas. "Schwimmbecken" - donde se nada en ella Tengo dos ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de "juan" como sinónimo de soldado?

En uno de mis viajes al Diccionario de la lengua, me encuentro que además de usarse como nombre de persona (Juan) también existe el sustantivo juan (en minúscula, ya que en este caso de trata de un ...
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What does "constipación" mean?

I know "estreñimiento" is constipation, but I've seen "constipación" defined as both constipation and the common cold. Which is correct?
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¿Cuál es el origen de la palabra “pisparse”?

Por más que he tratado de localizarlo, no encuentro en ninguno de los diccionarios oficiales y de referencia el verbo pisparse [de algo], que se utiliza en el sentido de “darse cuenta [de algo]”, “...
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