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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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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 I saw ...
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How might I say to manage to do something (on time)?

I hope you could help me to find out if there exists any specific verb in Spanish for the following situations. Imagine a train station, the train is already there and is about to leave the station. ...
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Are different words used for wink and blink?

Does Spanish have different words for wink (one eye) & blink (both eyes)? What are they? Do I have other options (phrases) to describe eyelid movement?
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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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"Está hecho de..." why not "es hecho de"?

I've seen "Está hecho de ..." used to mean "It's made of ...". Why is the verb estar and not ser? Isn't this an adjective that's permanent and not going to change? I can understand phrases like "la ...
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Which verb should be used to assume something?

I've read that the verb "asumir" is a false friend, for example: asumir: to accept, to take on suponer: to assume Therefore it is incorrect to use the verb "asumir" when trying ...
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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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Etymologically, why do "ser" and "estar" exist? / Etimológicamente, ¿por qué existen "ser" y "estar"?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica Ser and estar both mean "to be" in English. I understand this and also understand when to use each. Why, however, do these two ...
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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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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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¿En qué lugares se usa "ves" como imperativo de "ir"?

Por experiencia propia sé que en algunos sitios de España es común decir "ves" en lugar de "ve" como imperativo del verbo ir. Los casos con los que me he encontrado son: Cataluña. Ignoro el motivo, ...
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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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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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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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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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How can you distinguish "viste" from "you saw" vs "you dress" or "he/she dresses"?

In Spanish, second person singular familiar simple past preterite -er/-ir verbs usually end in -iste. Second person singular formal and third person singular simple present -er/-ir verbs usually end ...
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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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"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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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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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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What does "haiga" mean?

What is the Spanish word haiga? Is it a properly conjugated form of a verb? Or a regional variant or improper conjugation? Where/when is it used?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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¿Existen palabras en español que puedan ser usadas tanto como adjetivos, sustantivos y verbos?

En inglés existen palabras que pueden ser usadas tanto como adjetivos, sustantivos o verbos. Por ejemplo "water". "Water" puede ser sustantivo en el agua, puede ser verbo cuando se usa como "regar" o ...
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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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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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¿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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Is Conditional in Spanish a Tense or a Mood?

The Wikipedia article on Spanish verbs (as of 31.01.2016) states that The Spanish conditional, although semantically expressing the dependency of one action or proposition on another, is generally ...
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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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Uso de "concernidos"

Hoy he escuchado la siguiente frase: "Estamos muy concernidos por..." Es la primera vez que escucho el verbo concernir usado y conjugado de esta manera, siempre se usa como "me/nos concierne..." ¿...
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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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Which dialects conjugate "nosotros" differently in the indicative present and preterite (-ar verbs)?

In standard Spanish, the indicative present and preterite are conjugated identically for nosotros in -ar (and -ir) verbs: Hablamos - We speak Hablamos - We spoke However in many closely related ...
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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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Is there a quick rule to help me choose between "halla" and "haya"?

I believe I now can differentiate between the non-verbs "allá" and "aya". However I find myself using google every time I have to write a sentence with "halla" and "haya" (verbs). Are there any ...
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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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