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Parte de la oración que expresa acción, estado o movimiento. // The part of speech that expresses action, state or occurrence.

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Why does "reír" (to laugh) have an accent when the stress is already on the second syllable?

Since "reir" ends in a consonant, the stress falls on the second syllable. Therefore, why does "reír" have an accent on "i", which is part of the second syllable? I've ...
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Does "me encanto" translate to "I love me"?

Since "encantar" somewhat means "to be pleasing to (someone)" (aka. someone loves something), can "me encanto" be translated as "I love me/myself" (lit. I am ...
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What's the difference between a verb and their reflexive form if the verb is mono/intransitive?

I can understand the difference between "dar" and "darse" as "dar" (to give) is a ditransitive verb (a verb which has a direct and indirect object). For example: Le doy ...
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If "gustarse" does not exist in the Spanish language, why has "me gusto" for "I like myself" made it into the language?

I was reading through a Duolingo discussion thread when I came across the question: But why is it "me llamo" and not "me llama", but "me gusta" and not "me gusto&...
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How do you say "to bond (with someone)" in Spanish?

Me pregunto, ¿Cómo se dice "to bond (with someone)" en el español de tu país? He visto varias maneras de decirlo, pero todas mis fuentes dicen algo diferente. Cuando digo "to bond (with ...
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Verbs-Alegrar and Alegrarse

Alegrar and Alegrarse are very commonly used in Spanish. I understand Alegrar is used like Gustar in that something causes one happiness. Alegrarse is used as a reflexive verb where the emphasis is on ...
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¿Se puede usar "hablar" en un texto?

Me preguntaba si se puede escribir: "Tu hablas de..." "Estoy hablando con..." Cuando se está comunicando por mensajería como WhatsApp o Instagram. Creo que está aceptado el "...
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When do I use: acudir vs asistir vs ir?

So apparently 'acudir' means 'to go to', (No podemos acudir a la fiesta) and 'to come', but that seems very similar to the definitions of asistir and ir. (No podemos asistir a la fiesta) The sentence ...
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What is the "a" in ¿"A donde vamos?"?

I've been studying the "a" in spanish and how it's used. The 2 ways I've seen so far Re: Between a verb and an infinitive like: "voy a llamar." Between a verb and a direct object ...
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Me va a gustar?

Why should I say “me va a gustar” if asking am I going to like it instead of “me voy a gustar”? Google translates the first as I mentioned and me voy a gustar as I’m going to like it. Can I use ...
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Why is the first verb in this sentence indefinido, and the second imperfecto

I am early in learning Spanish, and had a exercise that involved filling in the correct form of the past tense for the following: No (tener) ... tiempo de preguntarle al conductor si (poder) ... ...
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S-V-O vs V-S-O in Spanish

With a similar word order to English, you might say "Carlos ha escrito una carta." However, what is the effect of writing "Ha llegado el calor." as opposed to "El calor ha ...
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¿Qué significa 'estallar' en "Frente a frente" de Enrique Bunburry?

Queda, qué poco queda De nuestro amor apenas queda nada Apenas ni palabras Quedan Queda solo el silencio Que hace estallar la noche fría y larga La noche que no acaba Solo eso queda Quería agregar a ...
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está de compras. VS. está comprando. What verb form is "está de compras"?

Él está de compras en una joyeria. vs. Él está comprando en una joyeria. I am trying to understand the difference between these 2 sentences. I do not understand what verb form compras is in the ...
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How come I can't find some reflexive verbs like decirse, odiarse and mentirse in the dictionary?

Can some Spanish verbs be turned into reflexive verbs even if they have no 'official' form? For instance, I have seen the following sentences: Se decía a sí misma que tenía que hacerlo. (She told ...
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Why is "le" used instead of "la" in "su marido le pegó"?

In A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (5th ed. 2013) by John Butt and Carmen Benjamin the following is seen: The passive must not be used when the subject of the passive sentence would be an ...
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Por qué se usa "Dec-ia,ias,Ian, etc..." o "dije,dijo,..etc" [duplicate]

¿Cuándo uso el pretérito y el imperfecto para decir? Entiendo estos dos tensos en general. Pero cuando leo la Biblia en español, usa ambos con frecuencia para la persona que narra lo que sucedió. No ...
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Does this sentence feel natural to say?

When writing a Spanish journal, I wrote this: Porque Starry Night tiene los colores oscuros, además tiene mucha belleza. If I were to translate it to English, it would sound something like: Because ...
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"A esto se le llama ..." What grammar rules does this follow?

"A esto se le llama ..." "This is called ..." I came across a new way to say "This is called..." but I do not understand how it is grammatical or why it makes sense. It ...
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"Se de matización" (por ejemplo, 'bajar vs bajarse') en el español peninsular: ¿cómo entenderlo?

Estoy intentando entender las diferencias entre verbos como 'bajar' y 'bajarse', 'morir' y 'morirse', 'quedar' y 'quedarse', 'ir' y 'irse', etc. Con 'ir' y 'irse' se me ha hablado de lo 'incoativo': ...
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Imperfect or Preterite?

I have a problem choosing between preterite or imperfect. I know that the imperfect talks about conditions and the preterite talks about specific moments. For example(this is an example and not ...
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Desconocer de algo

I just read the following article and I can't figure out what they mean by desconocer de in the last sentence: En aquel entonces, la pareja decidió enviar un mensaje dentro de una botella al río ...
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Indicative imperfect passive reflexive verb for "... is used..."

The sentence I'm trying to write in English: There even is a second imperfect within the subjunctive mode, but it's a bit archaic and mostly used in literary contexts. The verb of interest here is ...
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Subjunctive future or imperative when conjugating a verb denoting a "general act"

"General act" isn't a very descriptive phrase here, but let me show what I mean. When you address an old person, you use usted instead of tú. The verb of interest is in bold letters. In ...
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What would the conjugation of the verb "to better" be in this sentence snippet: "... for the purposes of bettering my..."

I have written this Spanish text for the purposes of bettering my Spanish speaking and writing abilities. How would one conjugate mejorar in this case? Would one even use mejorar in this case? I'm ...
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Why are the 2 imperatives rendered differently here?

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. The above Bible verse, Romans 15:7, is translated in the NTV (Nueva Traducción Viviente) as Por lo tanto,...
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Explanation of llamarse and reflexive conjugation

Why does Me llamo Joe translate to I call myself Joe but Joe me llamo Translates to Joe calls me. I would’ve expected Joe calls me to be Joe me llama Not using llamo
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When should a verb be conjugated irregularly in the preterite?

In class, I have been learning about the preterite tense(past tense). Some conjugations include: bailar --> bailé(yo form), bailaste(tú form), etc. Some conjugations are weird... ser --> fui(...
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Regular verbs in present tense - Complete Spanish Grammar

I'm just a beginner of learning Spanish grammar, I bought the book Practice Makes Perfect: Completed Spanish Grammar. In the first Chapter it shows the conjugation examples for three different ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct (¿Los gatos negros les parecen mala suerte a ti?)?

In class, my teacher brought up this question: ¿Los gatos negros _______ _________________ mala suerte a ti? She said the correct answer was, "¿Los gatos negros les parecen mala suerte a ti?"...
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Can someone tell me if "da" is supposed to be in this sentence?

The sentence that I am confused about is this: "Esto le parece mala suerte." I have a guess about what it means, "this gave him/her bad luck". The only reason why I am confused ...
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When do I conjugate a verb after a verb?

When I was studying, I came across this issue that bugged me. In many sentences, a verb after a verb won't be conjugated(amos, ías, an, etc.) Here is an example: "pretendía estar dormido" ...
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How to rewrite sentence with a reflexive pronoun?

How do I rewrite this sentence using the appropriate reflexive pronoun: Encontrasteis a Raquel en el concierto. Do I simply put "Os" before "encontrasteis" like this: Os ...
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¿Hácelo? como en "Hácelo $20"

Estaba buscando información sobre cómo se dice keep the change en español y encontré este thread aquí en stackexchange: What is the most universal way to say "keep the change"? Ahora estoy ...
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¿Existe en español un verbo para "hacer que algo necesario esté hecho"?

En japonés existe un verbo que significa "hacer algo en preparación para" o "hacer que algo necesario esté hecho". ¿Existe un verbo en español que represente más o menos estas ...
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Should I use "ser" or "estar" for dyed hair?

So I'm doing Duolingo and I just reviewed the To Be section and they had many examples of phrases similar to He is blonde / Él es rubio This makes sense to me as someone is intrinsically "...
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Why is the subjunctive mood used here?

La meditacion no es algo que puedas hacer; Why is puedas used here instead of puedes? And why?
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"Esa regla no (se?) aplica en esta promoción"

Estoy resolviendo algunas ejercicios de gramática. En ellos se indica que la oración "Esa regla no aplica en esta promoción" es incorrecta, mientras que la oración "Esa regla no se ...
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What is this tense: sería / debía? [closed]

El Imperio Galáctico se derrumbaba. Era un imperio colosal que se extendía a través de millones de mundos, de un extremo a otro de la inmensa espiral doble que era la Vía Láctea. Su caída también ...
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Tendría vs Tiene

I am relatively new to Spanish, and have absolutely no idea as to what the difference between tendría and tiene is. Can someone please elaborate for me?
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What's the difference between 'cambiar' and 'cambiar de'?

What is the difference between 'cambiar' and 'cambiar de'? On SpanishDict.com it seems to suggest that 'cambiar de' is used when you want to talk about replacing something (ie. changing from one thing ...
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Specific use of "comprar" or "comprando"

I wonder which is correct in this specific context: Has gastado mucho comprando regalos vs. Has gastado mucho comprar regalos. I want to say: You have spent a lot buying presents.
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Logic or lack thereof & Arraigar

I just finished reading this BBC article about the presence of the Spanish language in the Philippines. What bothers me is the way the verb arraigar is used here because supposedly, when it is ...
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Debe vs debería

Can someone explain specifically how the tense of deber changes the meaning of these sentences? ¿Por qué cree que debería orar? (translated as Why do you think you should pray?) and ¿Por qué cree ...
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convert a verb to an adjective

So I have read that lots of verbs can be converted into an adjective. This can be done by using the Past Participle of the verb. So for verbs ending in -ar you add either ado, ada, ados or adas ...
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Why do some write an "a" after the verb "convocar" and others omit it?

The other day I was reading something that had a conjugated form of the verb "convocar" in it. (The exact phrase was convoca a los estados americanos.) Though I'm familiar with the word, I ...
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What is the difference between "regresar," "volver," and "retornar"?

I was reading an excerpt of Mi país inventado by Isabel Allende when I came across the word "retornar." I noticed the word while reading the following: Fuera de Chile aguardé durante años ...
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Where do I put a subject in a sentence with the phrase "estar certificado para enseñar"?

Apologies in advance for not knowing the specific linguistic terms! I want to translate a phrase like the following: "Which kinds are they certified to teach?" Would something like "¿...
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Uso del pretérito perfecto simple en Hispanoamérica

¿Considera erróneo la RAE el uso del pretérito perfecto simple en contextos en los que un español utilizaría el pretérito perfecto compuesto? Por ejemplo, un español (excepto tal vez uno de Galicia, ...
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El fenómeno de la pérdida del -d- en los participios, ¿puede ocurrir en palabras que no sean participios?

Sé que es común que en el habla uno no use la -d- en la última sílaba de los verbos participios, por ejemplo, que diga 'partío' en lugar de 'partido'. ¿Pero ese fenómeno es posible con palabras que ...

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