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Significado de una palabra, discusión de su significado según el contexto o vocabulario específico sobre un tema. // Meaning of a word, discussion of its meaning according to context or specific vocabulary on a topic.

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What to use instead of “to come”?

In English "to come" is used loosely. In Spanish it's different, it can only be used when the person speaking invites or asks the other person to go to the place where the 1st person at. Right? If I'...
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subjunctive form and present tense form in my sentence

Let's say I want to say: I don't want the bank to send ads to my family. In this the correct translation? No quiero que el banco envíe anuncios a mi familia. If so, why envíe being subjunctive ...
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Difference between “lucro” and “fines de lucro”

There's an election where I live, and the ballot is in English and Spanish. Each candidate's current profession is listed under their name, in both languages. One caught my attention for how long it ...
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What's the logic behind the expression “no hace falta”?

How come does no hace falta mean "there's no need/necessity" and the like? What's the logic behind the meaning? no hace falta (si no haces nada)/(si no pasa nada)? == nothing wrong happens (if you ...
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“Perfecta como un ojo de buey”? How smart is Google Translate?

I've been trying to learn Spanish, mostly from apps and Pimsleur tapes, so far. Now I'm trying to work my way through my first book - a Spanish translation of The Hobbit. I'm using Moon+Reader on ...
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How to say “let's meet” as an invitation to a date?

In English it's simple "let's meet" or "let's meet up". In Spanish, even after having done a research, I can't figure out which one is correct and appropriate for an invitation to a date. nos vemos ...
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Different ways to say “Grandpa” in (Mexican) Spanish?

I know grandfather is Abuelo, but are there more affectionate terms? I mean like there's Grandpa, Gramps, Grandpappy, Granddad, etc. in English, which are more informal than grandfather. Something a ...
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What changes can I expect/anticipate in IM chatting or short messages?

From time to time I see pedantically wrong language in online forums and short messages, for example missing diacritics above letters, sometimes including the tilde above ñ. Also there are some places ...
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“No se puede conectar” vs “no puede conectarse”

As far as I know, they're identical. And are both grammatically correct and can be used interchangeably. Is this indeed the case?
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How to ask “when do you open” and “when do you close”?

In a shop or any other public place I can ask "¿Cuál es tu horario?" to mean what are the working hours, right? But I want to ask precisely when they open and when close. What'll be the proper way ...
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Why “If I had X…” is translated to “si tuviera X”?

Tuviera is the subjunctive form of tengo. Subjunctive form is about wish, desire, doubts, not being certain, etc. How can the subjunctive form be used in the sentence to mean "If I had X"? Why ...
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How to activerly listen, agree and express surpise and so on in a converstaion?

When I'm talking to someone, what are the most common ways to expess agreement, active listening and the like: "is that so?", "really?", "ohh, I understand", "got it", "ohhh, that makes sense", "...
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How to ask someone — stranger or my friend — to do something?

Let's say I want to ask them to close a window To my friend: cierres la ventana? To a stranger: podría cerrar la ventana por favor? Is this it in a nutshell? And also -- what are other the most ...
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How can I say that I want to have my food here when I'm in a cafe, not “para llevar”?

Is it simply "para aquí"? I often get asked something when I'm making a payment, but I can't make out what it is they're asking me. I assume that that's related to "for here or for taking away", but ...
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How to make an order in a coffeshop or a request in a semi-casual way? [duplicate]

In an ordinary, local street eatery or coffeeshop, how can I order food if not using "por favor"? And how can I make a request? Polite, but in a semi-casual way. "¿Puedes darme una cuchara?" or ...
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What is the difference between “matanza” and “masacre”?

I'm interested in translating the English word "massacre." I had always thought that the best translation was "matanza" - learned mainly from growing up in Florida and visiting Fort Matanzas National ...
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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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¿Existe una palabra para “poner en una pecera”?

En español existe una palabra para poner en una jaula (enjaular), en una cárcel (encarcelar), o incluso en una cama (encamar). Y me gustaría saber si hay un equivalente para poner algo o alguien en ...
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¿Qué es un vintén?

Estoy leyendo “El Libro de Arena” (1975) de Jorge Luis Borges, y en uno de los relatos (el titulado “Avelino Arredondo”) se menciona la palabra “vintén”: Disponía asimismo de un tablero de ajedrez ...
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Traducción de la “that” enfática

¿Cómo se traduciría la frase inglesa siguiente? One can't know what they are thinking about, only that they are thinking Pensaba en (1) No se puede saber lo que piensan, solo que piensan ...
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“Se es” vs “es” (Traduciendo “it's like that”)

Pensando en cómo traducir la frase inglesa: It's like that, how could it be different? Llegué a la frase española Es así, ¿cómo puede ser distinto? Pero no sé si es esta un situación en la que ...
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De ladrar, ladrido; de maullar, maullido. ¿Y de piar?

Pues eso. Le estaba explicando a mi hijo cosas sobre unos pájaros (vencejos, concretamente), y me ha preguntado que cómo se llama el sonido que hacen... Le he respondido que «chirrido» porque estos ...
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¿Es correcto decir “hasta que se llegue a un equilibrio entre lo internal y lo external”?

Estoy intentando traducir la frase: ... until an equilibrium is reached between the internal and the external. Donde "the internal" y "the external" son cosas abstractas (es decir, no se refieren ...
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Formación de “novohispano” y “neogranadino”

Entre los virreinatos españoles estaban Nueva España, con su gentilicio novohispano, y Nueva Granada, el suyo neogranadino. Pasaron dos siglos entre los dos establecimientos (en 1535 y 1717) pero ¿eso ...
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¿Qué palabra se puede usar para expresar el concepto de día, que no sea diario?

Diario (fuera del documento escrito) tiene exclusivamente el uso adverbial de "todos los días": me como un plato de arroz diario. Pero lo que quiero consultar es la idea de día pero con otra palabra, ...
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Would the name of a church need to be capitalised in Spanish?

This is the name of the church in Spanish: el faro de luz.
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What are the gendered words for horse?

Spanish is apparently like English in that there are a multitude of words for horses. In English, we have "colt", "equine", "filly" (female), "horse", "mare" (female), "mount", "stallion" (male), and ...
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What is a “Palma de luz”?

Nowadays I assume a "palma de luz" is a lamp post, as I have seen images in newspapers showing cars that have crashed into them, with the headline "choca a una palma de luz" or similar. But I have ...
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¿Qué significa “D.A.R.” en los créditos de este álbum?

Estoy buscando datos de unas canciones que tengo en mi colección. Este CD tiene versiones de unas de estas canciones, pero algunas tienen solamente “D.A.R.” como compositor: Dada la naturaleza de ...
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“Heel click” in Spanish

I'm pretty sure that there's a fancy word for heel click in Spanish that I can't remember. (I'm referring to the gesture of joy that's done by performing an aerial click of both heels, just in case ...
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¿Cuál es el significado real de la palabra “Poporote”?

Ayer, conversando con un compañero, salio a relucir una palabra que hasta ahora no he encontrado un significado real para ella, "Poporote". ¿De donde proviene? y ¿Cuál es su origen? La verdad me ...
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What is the meaning of 'raspado' when talking about IQ test scores?

This question arose from a comment by @LisaBeck in relation to a question about "raspado" as a noun meaning shaved ice. El País had an article that talks about super intelligence. Here's the quote ...
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¿Es correcto mencionar la palabra “imprimido” en una frase? [duplicate]

Está bien visto decir: "¿He imprimido los documentos faltantes?" Suena bastante fuera de foco la palabra.
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What is the meaning of “tomatazo”?

To give a bit of context, in the line: Recibió una lluvia de tomatazos. ("He was pelted with tomatoes.") The word tomatazos is used rather than tomates. What is the meaning of tomatazo? I've ...
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¿Es universal la distincion entre “del uno” y “del dos”?

En México cuando se hace del uno, se trata de orinar, cuando se hace del dos, es lo otro. ¿Estas expresiones funcionan en tu país/región?
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Origen de utilizar “sapo” como sinónimo de “soplón”, “delator” o “chismoso”

El día de hoy en el trabajo, un compañero estaba leyendo algo en internet y al yo hacerle un comentario sobre lo que el estaba leyendo me dijo "Que man tan rana", con rana el me quiso decir ...
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What are dry beans and green beans called in different countries/regions?

In English, if we plant a dry bean and harvest the result early, we get a green bean but if we wait with harvesting, we get dry beans again. The green bean is cooked briefly and can be eaten raw, ...
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“Papa-anjo” - persona en una relación con alguien más joven

En Brasil, se les dice chistosamente papa-anjos (literalmente "comeángeles") a los que salen con alguien perceptiblemente más joven e inmaduro, especialmente en escuelas. Por ejemplo, un pibe de 16 ...
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Spanish words/phrases to tell someone you like them romantically.

What is a good, casual phrase to convey feelings of attraction and emotion without being vulgar,or too forward? I want to acknowledge someone as more than a friend, like telling someone you "like, ...
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Falsa alarma o alarma falsa? [closed]

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "falsa alarma" y "alarma falsa"?
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What is expressed by the question, “Y qué tal lo llevas”?

I'm enjoying a Spanish listening lesson on Youtube. It is of a conversation between two people. There is this one part of the conversation I fail to understand. What is being expressed by the ...
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What is roughly equivalent to aka?

I'm after something concise and somewhat common in usage. Would "también llamado" work, or is there something better?
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¿Por qué decimos “guiñar el ojo”?

Siempre he escuchado y dicho la expresión: "guiñar el ojo". Pero si buscamos la definición de guiñar: guiñar Voz expr. del románico occid., quizá del lat. tardío cinnus 'señal que se hace con los ...
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¿Cuándo es correcto usar “en tanto en cuanto”?

Hubo una pregunta con este párrafo: Pasado el tiempo, y relacionado con lo de arriba en tanto en cuanto a preguntas de listas, empezamos a observar que la pregunta Resources for learning Spanish ...
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¿Cómo se denomina a un invento extremadamente complejo para resolver algo sencillo?

Estoy buscando en español la palabra que denomina un invento muy complejo y aparatoso que resuelve algo muy sencillo (lo que lo hace inútil). Creo que hay un concurso internacional para estos tipos de ...
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¿Cómo se explica el origen de «mojigato»?

El DLE indica que mojigato es: De mojo, voz para llamar al gato, y gato1 1. adj. Que muestra exagerados escrúpulos morales o religiosos. U. t. c. s. U. m. en sent. despect. 2. adj. Propio de ...
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¿Es aceptable “cónyugue” en lugar de “cónyuge”?

Yo me acostumbré a decir cónyugue pero ahora me entero que no es correcto, el vocablo correcto es cónyuge. Se oye raro a mi oído, y preferiría seguir diciendo cónyugue. Entonces mi pregunta es, si ...
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Can “encontrar” be used when talking about meeting someone?

I was reading the line below, which apparently translates to "Tomorrow I am going to meet a friend". I thought the verb "encontrar" was "to find" or is this a case when trying to translate something ...
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Estás enfermo - should it be enfermas

I don't quite follow the following: Are you ill? - Estás enfermo (from google translate so this could be wrong) So the verb "to be ill" is "enfermar". So not sure where "enfermo" is coming from? ...
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¿Qué es una “uterancia”?

Mi profe que es bilingüe me dijo que existía el concepto de uterancia y despertó mi curiosidad. Según la definición de Wikipedia: An utterance is the smallest unit of speech. It is a continuous ...