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Why does Spanish have three different command forms (positive/negative tú, usted)

Depending on how one counts, Spanish has a great deal more than three forms for commands. There are only three true imperative forms of each verb (I'll use the verbs hablar, comer, and vivir for my ...
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"No se hable más" - Why the "se"?

That's an interesting usage of se. The verb hablar (as many others) can be used in an impersonal way if you don't want to specify who is talking about something or you just simply don't know who is ...
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What type of construction is verb+"se", like in the word "veíase"?

En el español literario, es algo más frecuente encontrar enclisis, o el posicionamiento de un pronombre átono después del verbo (y en tal caso, se escribe junto al verbo, tildando si es necesario). ...
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Grammar in a Juanes song

I think you may be confusing nunca (Eng = never) with nadie (Eng = nobody).Juanes sings that "You never know what you have until you lose it".
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Why is the plural third person preterite indicative used here?

En marzo volvieron los gitanos. Esta vez llevaban un catalejo y una lupa del tamaño de un tambor, que exhibieron como el último descubrimiento de los judíos de Ámsterdam. Sentaron una gitana en un ...
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How do you say in Spanish, "I am waiting for my boyfriend to open the door"?

That's almost right. You need the subjunctive mood for abrir (i.e. abra) because you're describing an irrealis situation. The correct sentence would be: Estoy esperando (a) que mi novio abra la ...
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Is "síguenos" a real Spanish word?

Síguenos is a standard Spanish word. The verb seguir means “to follow.” Sigue is the affirmative tú command (second-person singular informal imperative) of seguir. Nos is a direct object pronoun that ...
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"Let's go" in Spanish: vayamos vs vamos vs vámonos

I'm a native speaker, and I have never realized this strange anomaly. I've found a possible explanation for this difference in the conjugation of the Spanish verb ir, given by the Diccionario ...
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Are any verbs conjugated the same in preterit and present tenses?

In the indicative mood hablamos is both present and past and is the rest of the sentence that tells you the time. Nosotros hablamos del partido = We talk about the game. Ayer hablamos del partido = ...
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How can you distinguish "viste" from "you saw" vs "you dress" or "he/she dresses"?

Like most ambiguities of this kind, we know what is really meant by looking at the context. That means not only the rest of the sentence but possibly the rest of the paragraph (if written) or the ...
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Verbs ending in "-ed"

Conjugated words ending in -ed and -ad are the imperative form of verbs of you in the vosotros form: Imperativo: (yo) - (tú) ten (usted) tenga (nosotros) tengamos (vosotros) tened (ustedes) tengan (...
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How to translate "I practice swimming"?

In English you can use the -ing form of the verbs to build a noun representing the action performed by that verb. This is only one of the many uses of -ing forms. In this case, "swimming" must be ...
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Diferencia entre «entretuviesen» y «entretenieran»

Es cierto que hay dos formas, pero solo una de las que tienes en tu pregunta se admite. Entretener viene del prefijo entre y la palabra base tener. Por eso, tiene las mismas irregularidades que tiene ...
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Why is the "í" accented in conditional mood conjugations?

Because without the accent, the ia forms a diphthong resulting in the syllabification mos-tra-ria or e-cha-ria, and then the default stress would be on the tra or cha syllable instead of on the i. ...
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¿Por qué el verbo "tener" introduce una "i" en ciertas conjugaciones, como "tú tienes" o "ellos tienen"?

Muy resumido, /e/ breve latina en posición tónica diptonga en español a /ie/. Ocurre de forma regular: feram > "fiera", herbam > "hierba", etc. Es una cuestión fonética.
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Segunda persona de singular de imperativo de 'salir', en forma pronominal

La pregunta Are there other words in Spanish that can't be written? (like sal-le) contiene a su vez un enlace en el que comentan que la RAE ya reconoció que sal·le es una palabra del español que se ...
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Why is "yo me quedo en casa" instead of "yo quedo en casa"?

"Quedar" is an intransitive verb, which can also be use as pronominal (quedar(se)). This pronominal use means roughly that their subjects are acting upon themselves (I do this action upon myself). ...
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¿Cómo conjugo verbos con el pronombre indefinido "One"?

A pesar de que se puede usar uno tal y como en inglés (y así usando la 3.ª singular del verbo), como debe de ser obvio por el primer verbo en esta oración, el español te permite usar el verbo en forma ...
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Can someone explain why 2nd person plural is used when speaking to a single person?

In the Middle Ages it was quite common to use vos as courtesy pronoun for the second person, and it uses the verb in the 2nd person plural. This also happened in English, where the 2nd person plural (...
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Is "jugar" the only 'u'-to-'ue' stem-changing verb?

Yes. All stem changing verbs fall into one of three categories (e→ie(→i), e→i(→i), o→ue(→u), where -ir verbs do the second change). There are exactly nine exceptions in three special categories: ...
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Why doesn't "verde" become "verda" when paired with a feminine noun?

In Spanish there are words adjectives that work as if they have neutral gender. They do not work as masculine nor feminine. In fact they are not neutral. There is no neutral gender in spanish. It ...
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¿"Dense" o "Dénse"?

Es dense. No lleva acento gráfico actualmente por ser grave terminada en vocal, y tampoco llevaba con las viejas reglas, ya que den no lo lleva. En cambio deles antes llevaba acento gráfico y ahora ...
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How is the conjugation for the "vos" pronoun in forms beyond the present indicative?

In Argentina, the pronoun is normally conjugated identically to the tú form in all forms except for the present indicative (-ás, -és, -ís) and the imperative (-á, -é, -í), although it may popularly ...
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Why isn't "cómo se dice" "cómo dices"?

To express how do you say __?? in Spanish you can use either of your alternatives but in different contexts. If you want to ask in general how something is pronounced the you will use the se sentence....
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Diferencias regionales en las conjugaciones de los verbos

Se me acaba de ocurrir que un caso claro, aunque particualr, sería el voseo. Debido al voseo se admiten las formas tú cantas (estándar singular) vos cantáis (Voseo tipo I singular) vos cantás (...
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Diferencias regionales en las conjugaciones de los verbos

En la zona de Logroño y en las provincias vascongadas no es raro el uso del condicional simple en vez del pretérito imperfecto: «si yo te contaría» en vez de «si yo te contara»
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Why is the verb in plural form in "El número de figuras que entran"?

Entre las muchas funciones de la partícula "que" está el introducir oraciones subordinadas explicativas. Por eso el entran de que entran no concuerda con número. Pertenecen a dos oraciones distintas. ...
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Conjugation rule for "enclitic pronouns"?

A full answer would require the equivalent of a few Spanish course classes, so I'll just clear the basics up. What you found are combinations between verbs and pronouns. These are not different ...
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Ambiguous -amos ending in all regular -ar verbs in presente and pretérito

There really isn't any confusion. Consider that in English there are many verbs that have identical past and present forms (hit, for instance), but that doesn't cause much if any issue (most English ...
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