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Why is Argentinian pronunciation different from other countries?

No, your ears are perfectly fine. In fact, it is notable that you have noticed the difference between the two different forms of the imperative tense. There are indeed some differences between the ...
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"Iros" instead of "idos" (imperative of verb "ir")

TL;DR The "problem" is so extended that RAE finally decided to consider that that's actually the way people speak, making it a valid version for the imperative. Long answer To update this ...
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Imperative with gustar

The problem is that gustar is an inverted verb, compared to English. For example: I like the food. Me gusta la comida. In Spanish the subject is "comida", while "me" is the ...
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"Dale un beso a los niños" - what does "le" stand for?

The text is mistaken. The pronoun should be les. In the text, the dative pronoun le is the indirect object, and anticipates the full indirect object, a los niños. This (showing the IO through a ...
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"Hable con ella"

(Trying to keep things very generic and spoiler free-ish). The person that says "Hable con ella" is a caregiver hired by one of the characters. It's a professional relationship, and usted is the ...
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Exactly what type of a word is "véase"?

In Spanish, a verb with "se" can be used as a more natural form of passive, called "pasiva refleja" (reflexive passive?). That is the case here "véase" is a form of "...
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Why is Argentinian pronunciation different from other countries?

Though I agree with the answer given by Carlos Alejo, in general I'd say you should stick to one form, unless you're confident with the language, and especially avoid mixing pronouns from one with ...
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Imperative with gustar

Gustar can be used in the imperative, but will normally be understand as to try / taste something (its transitive meaning is experimentar, percibir el sabor, etc). For example, the Argentinian ...
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Understanding the indirect imperative use-case "que se vayan"

This construction is usual in other Spanish countries, too. Que se vayan is just a subordinate where the main clause is elided. It could be He dicho que se vayan, Quiero que se vayan... But, as I say, ...
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¿Cuál sería el término correcto para referirse a uno/a mismo/a utilizando el verbo "decir"?

En su análisis de las distintas funciones del pronombre “se” (que puede hacerse extensivo a los pronombres átonos “me”, “te”, “nos”, “os”), el DPD dice: b) Pronombre personal de tercera persona con ...
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Why is "vamos" used for command but not the imperative "vayamos"?

This passage from DPD explains why "vamos" is used as an alternative of "vayamos" for imperative, first person plural: La forma vamos es hoy la primera persona del plural del presente de ...
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Why is "vamos" used for command but not the imperative "vayamos"?

First of all, it appears as if the RAE does not include first person plural in the conjugation of the imperative (see conjugation of ir, click on the blue button "conjugar"), so when we are using ...
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infinitive imperative vs tú imperative

As @user0721090601 said in the comment above, the infinitive can be freely used instead of the imperative when an impersonal form of addressing people is allowed, i.e. not in a conversation. Signage ...
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imperative for Be Quiet / Hush

Calla and cállate, as well as (estate) callado will work, meaning exactly shut up and be quiet. Also silencio, and the shush shhh. And maybe chitón. Any of these will work for adult the same as for ...
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¿Cuál sería el término correcto para referirse a uno/a mismo/a utilizando el verbo "decir"?

La forma más correcta es la segunda. "Dite a ti misma·. El complemento indirecto puedes especificarlo o no, pero el pronombre siempre debe aparecer. Ocurre lo mismo con "Me dijo a mí". Puedes decir ...
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What is the difference between "no pares" and "no te pares"

As Charlie says, the difference between parar and pararse in this context are slim, but also (again as Charlie says) consider that there are regional variations. If I had to translate I'd say No pares ...
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If someone needs to learn how to say "Don't touch" using the formal command, which should be used: "No se toca", or "No se toque"?

The translation for "no se toca" should be "is not for touching" as "no se toca" leans more towards the idea that something specific should not be touched. Also, it ...
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¿Por qué no se puede usar el imperativo en negativo?

He encontrado información al respecto en la Enciclopedia dell'Italiano Treccani, ya que compara cómo han evolucionado a partir del latín diferentes lenguas románicas en relación a la manera de ...
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Imperative form - 'a matar'. How to negate it? How to build on reflexives?

I could not find any official sources for this, so this answer is about the way I am used to hearing it in Spain. The use of "a+infinitive" as an imperative transmits a sense of urgency, as in "do it ...
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Imperative form - 'a matar'. How to negate it? How to build on reflexives?

This is a partial answer, to supplement the answer by @wimi. Your options for the duchar example are A duchar A ducharse with the latter preferred. You wouldn't say "A ducharte" because in this ...
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What does "que tiene" mean?

In: Qué tiene que te vea desnuda. the first "qué" is a pronoun ("what" in English) and takes a stress, while the second "que" is a conjunction ("that" in ...
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Imperativo plural en dialectos con voseo

El año pasado estuve en Bolivia de visita a un amigo que trabaja allí desde hace 6 años. Le he preguntado a él porque tiene más experiencia que yo y me ha confirmado lo siguiente. En la zona de ...
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How can I translate "Leave to cool" for a recipe? Should it be "Deje " or "Deja que se enfríe"?

Your problem is not with verb tenses, rather with which person you are addressing the reader, tú or usted. Deja (tú) que el pato se enfríe Deje (usted) que el pato se enfríe Both are ...
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Syntax of public notices containing a command

Even if both of the following two negative sentences are correct, the imperative: No deje basura en la playa. and the infinitival: No dejar basura en la playa. the imperative sounds more ...
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imperative or subjunctive

As it is supposed in the question, there is no imperative for third persons since you can not give orders to someone that you are not talking to directly (those others). So in such cases you use the ...
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Why aren't pronouns placed the same as affirmative imperative in negative imperative?

In older forms of Iberian languages, the norm was to employ enclitic pronouns with all verb forms, but with an exception: certain classes of words would draw the pronoun(s) to the front causing ...
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Affirmative usted(es) and tú commands

The imperative mood (commands) works the same: the object pronoun (for example lo, as you say) goes after the verb and joined to it. But the verb conjugation is not the same. You already know the form ...
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Number agreement with imperative voice and collective noun

I would say that is wrong. The pronoun -les (which is plural) does not agree with the noun phrase la familia (which is singular). Moreover, it is redundant. You can say simply: Saluda a la familia. ...
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