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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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¿Cuál es la traducción de Calvin y Hobbes: "Verbing weirds language"?

En esta pregunta Ben preguntó sobre la creación de un verbo a partir de un sustantivo. Esto es algo que podemos hacer en inglés para "jugar" con el idioma. Yo agregué un comentario ...
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Create a new verb from a noun (for wordplay)

In English it's quite easy to do this — you simply add a to in front of the noun and you suddenly have a verb. Add a y and you have an adjective. For example: fox -> to fox -> foxy What does ...
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How is the conjugation of gustar determined in "Nos gusta ir al cine"?

In Nos gusta ir al cine. nos is plural, why the verb gustar should take the "3rd-person singular present indicative conjugation" gusta? Shouldn't it be "1st-person plural present (?) ...
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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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Arremangarse-in context

I believe "arremangarse" is to roll up one's sleeves both figuratively and literally. I want to use it figuratively. My Spanish friend told me that it is still better used in a figurative ...
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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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Usage of Estar and Ser

I'm learning Spanish with bussu and I came across this 2 sentences : 1- El miércoles está en mitad de la semana 2- El viernes es el día antes del fin de semana Why in sentence 1 we used estar but in ...
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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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¿Cuál es el origen de la terminación en -o para el pretérito de tercera persona singular?

En las tres conjugaciones de verbos en español, la tercera persona singular forma su pretérito simple con terminación en -o, como «amó», «tuvo» o «dijo». Pero la forma de la que provienen en latín, 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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Can a verb be made pronominal and keep the meaning of its non-pronominal form as in "Se hacen la compra los unos a los otros"?

Can a verb be made pronominal and keep the meaning of its non-pronominal form? For instance, in the following sentence, why does "hacer" keep it's meaning of "to do"? Se hacen la ...
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Why is "me" needed in "Los libros que has sacado de la casa no me sirven"?

In the following sentence, why is "me" before "sirven"? Los libros que has sacado de la casa no me sirven. Thee pronominal verb is not being used here since that means "to ...
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Confusion surrounding encantar

So, this makes no sense to me. At my current understanding, me encanta would mean I am loved by he/she/it; because me is the object of the verb encantar, and the verb is in the 3rd person tense. ...
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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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¿Qué significa '¡Plega a Dios que no mintáis!' (El burlador de Sevilla​ de Tirso de Molina)?

En la jornada primera de El burlador de Sevilla​ de Tisbea dice cuatro veces: ¡Plega a Dios que no mintáis! From the context of the sentence seems to mean I pray to God that y'all lie not. ¿Qué ...
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How does indirect/reported speech work when there are multiple verbs, one imperfect?

I understand (in theory) the idea of how reported speech in Spanish works. The verb basically rolls back a degree unless it's imperfect, conditional, pluperfect, or conditional perfect. But what ...
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How can I conjugate verbs that are, and have been, going on habitually?

I want to translate the following sentence: Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. After writing it, I realized it was a bit unnatural (I'd rather say it in terms of speakers), ...
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departir and "I let you know"/"I will let you know"

I'm searching for a verb for the phrase "let you know", i.e. informal dialogue. Is the infinitive "departir" similar? Wordreference.com struggles to identify its meaning, is it ...
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¿Qué significa 'liada' en este chat de WhatsApp?

A continuación se muestra una conversación entre un hombre y una mujer: Ingrid: Hola! Estoy bien!, gracias! Mis manos mejoran despacio . Y ha venido de visita un amigo de Barcelona que estará unos ...
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¿Se puede decir “hay gente que tenemos que estudiar”?

¿Se podría usar Hay incluyéndome a mi mismo?
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Aglutinarse context

The verb ''aglutinarse" means to unite, come together or gel together from "aglutinar" to stick. I wonder is it correct in a tourist context ?e.g. "La Alhambra atrae a miles de ...
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"Díjole" en lugar de "Le dijo"

Estoy pensando introducir esta forma verbal en mis expresiones que la encuentro más a menudo en literatura de antaño y que me parece no solo poético, sino práctico en algunas situaciones. Otro ejemplo:...
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¿"esperar al tren" o "esperar el tren"?

Hago esta pregunta porque encontré la oración de la imagen de abajo en https://www.esdict.cn/ y creo que es incorrecta, pero me gustaría que alguien me lo confirme. Captura de pantalla de https://www....
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cierra vs cerrado?

I'm learning Spanish and I'm puzzled by this exam question which I'm supposed to render in Spanish: This store never closes in the afternoon. I would think the translation would be: Esta tienda nunca ...
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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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Puede el verbo "cocinar" ser conjugado de forma pronominal?

Hoy yo vi la siguiente frase: Cocinar-te es un acto de amor propio. Claramente, el cocinar-te en la frase quiere decir cocinar para uno mismo. Como no soy hispanoablante nativo, me pareció rara esta ...
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lograr que vs lograr con que

Is lograr con que correct? For example: No logro que me hagan caso. Can I also say? No logro con que me hagan caso. Or is the use of con with lograr wrong?
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What was said in this movie at 27:20

This old western, I believe the man speaking to the woman was telling her to "leave us", or something to that effect, but the word he used sounded like "dispensanae" Can anyone ...
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Subjunctive Conjugation Rules: Is desire or hope all that's required to trigger usage?

"Ojalá que llueva café." There are many examples like this that, for me, clearly call for the subjunctive. However, is that always the rule? Must I merely be expressing a desire or hope? ...
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"ser" vs. "estar" scenario

At work today, we did an ice breaker with a picture of 9 cats which we had to choose from to express how we were feeling. There was one cat w/ a sombrero which prompted me to answer in Spanish that I ...
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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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"Son ustedes tan cerebrales."

I saw the following sentence Son ustedes tan cerebrales. translated as "you two are so irrational." I think it would also be correct to say the following. Is that right? [Ustedes] son ...
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What exactly is 'dile'?

I couldn't find the entry in https://dle.rae.es/dile?m=form. The translators translate it to "tell him". So, it looks like a contraction of a verb and a pronoun. However, I couldn't find ...
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parar as a transitive verb

For the definition of parar on SpanishDict, the following example is listed under transitive verb: (to avoid) a. to block Es tan importante parar como golpear. (Blocking is as important as punching.)...
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Distinguishing between indirect objects and circumstantial complements

According to this, a verb can take complements of four different types: attribute, direct complement, indirect complement (IC), and circumstantial complement. I sometimes have trouble distinguishing ...
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¿Es correcta la definición de "freír" del DLE?

La definición de freír del DLE es: tr. Hacer que un alimento crudo llegue a estar en disposición de poderse comer, teniéndolo el tiempo necesario en aceite o grasa hirviendo. Si lo entiendo ...
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How to specify the equivalence between two time periods? (e.g. "the beginning of the war was July 7")

Can someone give me various ways to translate the following sentences? The beginning of the war was July 7. The period of mourning was July 7 - July 14. I ask because I'm trying to explore the uses ...
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Why do verbs derived from tener have "ten" in their tú imperative form, yet verbs derived from decir use "dice" rather than "di" in the imperative?

In Spanish, the present tense "él/ella/usted" form of a verb is almost always identical to the "tú" imperative form with a few exceptions. The imperative form of "tener" ...
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Tocar used for winning vs ganar?

Excerpt from a Spanish lesson: Compré un boleto de lotería y estoy imaginando cómo cambiaría mi vida si me tocara. Translation ?: I bought a lottery ticket, and I'm imagining how my life would change ...
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¿Cómo se conjugaba antes el verbo "afeitar"?

En el DLE, en la entrada afeitar, se recoge que la conjugación actual de afeitar es como la del verbo peinar. Esto implica que antes tenía una conjugación diferente. ¿Cómo era esta?
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En los textos antiguos, ¿era más largo el verbo "tenemos"? ¿Se originó "tenemos" a partir de dos palabras separadas?

¿"tenemos" se escribía como "tener emos" en los viejos tiempos? En el idioma inglés, la oración, "¿Have we sufficient comestibles for the winter?" está fasionado de ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical del verbo "ser" en el sentido "en realidad"?

Hace poco me topé con la siguiente frase: Las muchachas de hoy en día ya no inventan nada están es pendientes de otras vainas. De aquí para allá, cuando llegábamos a Juan Blanco, una loma altísima ...
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What verb form do we use in "espero que yo <verb>..."?

Which of the following conjugations of viajar in my sentence is correct? Espero que yo viajaré/viaje/viajaría a España. I am focusing on Spanish from Spain.
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Fue vs. Era en situaciones específicas (trabajos)

Tengo una pregunta sobre pretérito indefinido y pretérito de indicativo y hago prácticas con el verbo ser. Entiendo que indefinido es para acciones o situaciones pasadas en un momento concreto y ...
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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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¿Por qué se dice 'Veo una nube acercarse' en vez de 'Veo una nube acercándose?

He escuchado que se dice 'acercarse' en esa frase porque está en una sintagma nominal, pero me cuesta entender cuando hay que usar el infinitivo del verbo o el gerundio tras el sustantivo.
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Subjunctive for actual past event

This is from Crónica de una muerte anunciada by Gabriel García Márquez. No existía clasificación alguna en los archivos, y más de un siglo de expedientes estaban amontonados en el suelo del decrépito ...
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Understanding the Spanish verb tense chart

I lived in Spain for five years, however I only learnt Spanish by copying sentences as opposed to learning all of the grammatical rules from a book. I also had to memorise all of the Los Tiempos ...
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"Decirme" or "me decir" after an auxiliary verb

We came in contact with the following question: how could we translate the following statement from English to Spanish: She will want to tell me (...) However, during this, we couldn't find whether ...
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