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"haber cuéntame" = "so, tell me". Why is it translated like this?

It is not "haber, cuéntame", but "a ver, cuéntame". The meaning of a ver is expr. U. para pedir algo que se quiere reconocer o ver. i.e., it is used to ask to be shown or told ...
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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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Why do the verbs in Spanish only end in "ar, er, ir"?

From a historic point of view, the Spanish language comes from the Latin language. In Latin there were three possible terminations for verbs: -are, -ere, -ire. These terminations have reached our days,...
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¿Qué es lo correcto, "Dejar de verte" o "Dejarte de ver"?

Pues lo mismo da, que da lo mismo: ambas son correctas. De ¿Volver a verte o volverte a ver? Cuando tenemos una perífrasis verbal (dos o más verbos que funcionan juntos como si fueran uno solo) junto ...
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Does a verb following "por" and "para" always need to be in the infinitive?

All verbs that follow prepositions will be in the infinitive form. They can only be conjugated if they are contained in a subordinate clause but then it's the que/donde/quien that follows the ...
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¿Cómo se pronunciaban infinitivos ligados a pronombres con doble ele?

Cuando leíamos el Quijote hace un par de años en un grupo de Twitter surgió este asunto y yo pensé inicialmente que se trataba de una /l/ doble o geminada, como la del catalán (más allá de que ...
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'Infinitivo compuesto' to express actions in the past which did not happen?

You did not find anything because there is nothing special about those sentences. The two examples you gave are just shortened versions of these two: ¿No queréis ir? Tendríais que haberlo pensado ...
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How do you conjugate verbs in passive voice in Spanish and how do you make passive infinitives?

You don't really want us to fill in all your conjugations, do you? Passive in Spanish is similar to English. Just conjugate the ser verb and add the participle visto (or vistos if plural, or vista/...
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Should I use gerund here or the infinitive?

Just the second one. When a verb is used as a noun, it needs to go in the infinitive. Also, as infinitives agree in the neuter (whose adjective form is the same as the masculine): "Aprender español ...
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When is "a" needed before an infinitive?

The periphrastic future is formed by "ir + a + infinitive", so "vamos comer" is not grammatical. You need to say: "Vamos a comer". Most verbs that are followed by an ...
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Redundant attachment of indirect object pronouns to infinitives

Actually the pronouns make important distinctions in the example you provided and are not redundant: Quieres comer. Means, "You want to eat" Quieres comerlo. Means "You want to eat ...
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Is it correct that a noun can be followed by an infinitive?

The problem you have is that you have a list of uses of the infinitive, as it were just a recipe. The most important thing to note, about the infinitives, is that they are the "nominal form" of any ...
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Infinitive of an -se verb

Yes. "Es mejor tener calma que preocuparse" is a general statement. The subject, preocuparse, is impersonal (not referring to any surviving person) and if we used nos instead, we'd be specifying ...
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En "hacer dormir a un recien nacido", ¿qué es "dormir" sintácticamente?

En línea con mi observación a la respuesta de Diego, encontramos en la Nueva Gramática de la Lengua Española, en su punto 26.5.1. El infinitivo con verbos de percepción y causación, lo siguiente: ...
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En "hacer dormir a un recien nacido", ¿qué es "dormir" sintácticamente?

Como se indica en esta web sobre los usos del infinitivo El infinitivo en español ejerce funciones de SUSTANTIVO y por lo tanto puede funcionar como sujeto, complemento del verbo o modificador de ...
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¿Qué función sintáctica tiene "atrapar" en la frase "Atrapar pelotas es divertido"?

Desde luego es es el verbo, pero no es "pelotas" lo que es divertido, sino "atrapar pelotas", luego le estamos dando a un verbo (en infinitivo) un uso que no es de verbo. ¿Es esto ...
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¿Qué es lo correcto, "Dejar de verte" o "Dejarte de ver"?

LAS PERÍFRASIS VERBALES Son construcciones sintácticas de dos o más verbos que funcionan como núcleo del predicado. Sirven para expresar las características de la acción verbal que no pueden señalarse ...
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¿Los infinitivos son sustantivos?

The infinitive is the nominal form of the verb and can always work as a noun instead of the noun proper or whenever there is no noun available. The noun in the singular sometimes sounds like a ...
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El infinitivo como sustantivo, ¿se debe usar con o sin artículo?

Es opcional en el caso del uso del infinitivo como sujeto. (El) Beber vino tinto con moderación es bueno para el corazón. Fuente: https://slllc.ucalgary.ca/AVal/505/AGUsosInfinitivo.html
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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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Infinitive as finite implied form?

In his Diccionario de dudas y dificultades de la lengua española, when dealing with the use of the infinitive as a verbal noun (which is the case at issue, since the object of a preposition is always ...
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Should I use gerund here or the infinitive?

Second one is the correct answer. First one makes no sense. Aprendiendo español es muy duro. ✘ Aprender español es muy duro. ✔ Notice the "o".
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Multiple verbs with different agents

Reviving this old question, I'll focus on the first and main question: When a sentence contains two verbs with different agents must they be separated by a conjunction (e.g. que)? Or, can the second ...
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Using the verb Haber in its infinitive form

I assume that at this point you have been taught haber only as the auxiliary verb for compound tenses, that is, as part of the conjugation of the pretérito perfecto and the rest. I also suppose that ...
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¿Cómo se pronunciaban infinitivos ligados a pronombres con doble ele?

Recuerdo en la obra de teatro "La venganza de Don Mendo" que lo pronunciaban como 'll': Quedad con él y exhortalle, fray Luis de Jerusalén; confesalle y preparalle para bien morir, amén.
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Multiple verbs with different agents

Both translations are perfectly correct. Honestly, both sound very natural to me (I'm from Uruguay). Another translation is: ¿Qué aconsejas que yo haga? I would also add: ¿Qué ...
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"Iros" instead of "idos" (imperative of verb "ir")

Does this problem happen in any other regions of the world? These conjugations will only appear in dialects which use vosotros, so that limits us to the Spanish of peninsular Spain (and possibly also ...
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How do I know whether to attach a direct object pronoun to the infinitive?

Some additional information not noted in other answers. One of the reasons that it will feel more natural, in most cases, to attach the object is that in older Spanish, like modern day European ...
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¿Qué función sintáctica tiene "atrapar" en la frase "Atrapar pelotas es divertido"?

Como bien dice Diego, "atrapar" es un verbo en infinitivo y, como tal, tiene valor nominal y puede funcionar como sujeto. Ahora bien, en la oración en cuestión "atrapar" es el NÚCLEO de ese sujeto. ...
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