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Why is there an accented a (á) in "Sálvenos"?

Sálvenos is correct. The same verb, but without the nos suffix does not require an accent. There is no rule that says that the two words must agree with each other about this, just because they came ...
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Why is it “quiero ser tú” and not “quiero serte”

The verb ser is intransitive (or copulative) and so cannot have an object. You can find such information about the verb in its entry in the dictionary here and the difference between transitive and ...
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Unsure what "aquélla" refers to in this phrase

The phrase has two actions renovación and resistencia, two subjects affected by Iglesia and sociedad, and a demonstrative pronoun indicating one of the actions. Having two actions, the possibilities ...
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I can't understand this Se

We can have these variants: Encontré un pétalo de rosa y lo ("pétalo" is masculine) puse debajo de la almohada. (No reference to under whose pillow and in whose interest the petal was ...
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How would you say "I am him" or similar others in Spanish?

The sentences: Lo veo (Veo a Dave) and Soy él (Soy Dave) are completely different, and thus require a different pronoun after the verb, because "ver" is transitive (and followed by an ...
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Unsure what "aquélla" refers to in this phrase

Para empezar, consideremos que podría referir a cuatro cosas distintas: La renovación La resistencia La Iglesia La sociedad En este caso, la palabra acechaba proporciona la información decisiva para ...
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"Cuando te vas a viajar a Suiza"? is incorrect way of asking this question?

I wasn't going to answer because it's always difficult to explain why something is idiomatic or not in any language. But after thinking a bit about the reasons, I believe that I've found a good ...
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Llora que llora

You can find that as an specific meaning associated with conjunction que in the DLE conj. Precedida y seguida de la tercera persona de indicativo de un mismo verbo, denota el progreso o eficacia de ...
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Usage of ese/esa/eso with implied gender

Some may say that "a fact is a statement that can be verified. It can be proven to be true or false through objective evidence". So you're referring to a statement there, this one: "...
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Habrá sido-to express hypothesis in the past?

The future perfect can be used to express: Future before future: Cuando hayas terminado la escuela, habrás aprendido muchas cosas (By the time you finish school - a future event - you will have ...
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Translating "Ciudad de San Diego" (for Lyrical Purposes) Entirely into English

El punto de partida para comenzar a responder debería ser el analizar por qué se identifican como homólogos a ambos nombres. Es evidente que la mayoría de las fuentes que busquemos coincidirán en que ...
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¿Por qué es 'la' al respecto de 'amor' (El burlador de Sevilla​ de Tirso de Molina)? ¿Es un error?

Se refiere a la fuerza, no al amor Transcrito de otro modo: No importan fuerzas, (guardas, criados, murallas, fortalecidas almenas) para amor, que la de un niño hasta los muros penetra.
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Éramos v. Fuéramos

"Éramos" is imperfect indicative and "fuéramos", imperfect subjunctive. Él me preguntó si éramos primos. In the sentence above, "si" introduces a reported question, and ...
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Colon and semi-colon sentence structure

Sobre el uso del punto y coma ...and I'm wondering whether it can be directly used under the rules of English grammar. A grandes rasgos, sí. Para comenzar, básicamente lo qué tiene para decir La ...
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Usage of ese/esa/eso with implied gender

There are two separate issues: is it right or wrong? what is most appropriate? natural? Is ese right? Yes, it refers to the words "este hecho". Is eso right? Yes, it refers to a fact about ...
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"años luces" vs. "años luz"

Como dice esta página: Según indica la gramática académica, los plurales de expresiones como año luz, ciudad dormitorio o mueble bar son, respectivamente, años luz, ciudades dormitorio o muebles bar; ...
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The Imperfect Subjunctive of haber - is there a grammar rule or significance of using BOTH forms in the same sentence?

The form ending in "-era" tends to be more usual, while the one ending in "-ese" sounds more elegant and, where "-era" is more usual, "-ese" seems more ...
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Subject pronoun in a question?

Though correct, the question: ¿Trabajas tú en la biblioteca? sounds unnatural in Spanish. The most natural thing will be for subject pronouns to be omitted, that is, to remain tacit. Unlike English, ...
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Haber en plural

Esta es la respuesta de la RAE: Cuando el verbo haber se emplea para denotar la mera presencia o existencia de personas o cosas, funciona como impersonal y, por lo tanto, se usa solamente en tercera ...
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Know phrase or saying

It is simple. Saber refers to learning done, while conocer is more about experience having heard something before. Yo sé Francés y conozco la Torre Eiffel You can say: No sé o no conozco esta ...
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How would you say "I am him" or similar others in Spanish?

In English, I believe that grammatically the correct statements are,"I am he","I am she",etc. Therefore, these statements are proper if someone asks "Are you John Smith?" ...
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how to refer to the former?

You are almost there but in fact the former is aquél or one of its forms. Spanish uses the maximum contrast here between this one (the latter, nearest to me) and the one over there (the former, ...
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¡Es confuso! Los subtítulos

—Lo he perdido todo en una mesa de póquer con un full de ases en la mano, frente a un contrario que tenía un trío de sietes. —¿Trío de sietes?¿No le gana el full? —En ese caso no, eran tres sietes y ...
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Después de ocho jornadas, uno puede hacerse a la idea del "equipo tipo" que más le gusta al entrenador

Pues la respuesta no está muy lejos, puedes encontrarla en la misma Fundeu: se trata de una aposición Una aposición es una construcción con dos sustantivos juntos, el segundo de los cuales modifica, ...
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Does anyone have the old grammar book "A Spanish Grammar" by Coester? check the index please for hacer

It's a section index: Consequently, it does not refer to page 104 but to section 104 (pages 84-85), point c:
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Tengo + que + infinitive vs tengo infinitive

Although the translation of have is tener, in this particular case, the meaning of the word is important in Spanish. Here it has the meaning of need or must. When tener is used as in need you always ...
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Why reflexive verbs in this sentence?

I think you have mis-read the sentences. These are subjunctive forms of gustar and comer not reflexives. You can check verb forms by going to the DLE entry, for instance for gustar and clicking on the ...
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What is the difference between “Voy a ir al cine” and Voy al cine”?

Both of them are right, but they are used in different situations: Voy a ir al cine: used when you have the plan of going to the cinema but it is something you are going to do in the future. Example:...
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How is the conjugation of gustar determined in "Nos gusta ir al cine"?

The subject in: Nos gusta ir al cine is the infinitival "ir al cine", which is third person singular. For you to understand it better, we can rephrase the sentence following the less ...
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Fue dibujado / se dibujó por

La pasiva con "se" (Se dibujó ese gato) generalmente suena mejor si el verbo se antepone al sujeto y requiere que NO se mencione al agente (en este caso, "la señorita Elisabeth"). ...
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