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Ciertas conjugaciones verbales no convencionales

Sólo hay, actualmente, tres casos de participios que se admiten en su forma regular e irregular: Imprimido/Impreso, Freído/Frito, Proveído/Provisto. Fuente: RAE Sobre el origen de las conjugaciones ...
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Are there any rules governing when you can and cannot use a present tense form of "ser" + a past participle to form a passive sentence?

"ser" + past participle in the present tense can be used in any passive context where the present is allowed. The difference with "estar" + past participle is that the former will indicate the process,...
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¿Cuál es el verbo correspondiente a "inmerso"?

Según el Diccionario nacional de la lengua española de don Ramón Joaquín Domínguez de 1853: Inmergir, v.a. Sumergir, introducir algún sólido en un líquido, hasta que este lo cubra perfectamente, ...
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Why "se fue transmitiendo" and not "se fue transmitido"?

(Please note that I've made up all of the examples below for you to understand the different meanings of "fue", so in particular the statements under (1) and the first one in the last pair of examples ...
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Ciertas conjugaciones verbales no convencionales

Sí, es un error. Yo aprendí inglés británico, con lo cual usaba learnt como participio de "learn". Ahora vivo en Estados Unidos y esa gente favorece el uso de learned, como si fuera regular en lugar ...
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¿Existe alguna palabra registrada en español que haya perdido la -d- de la última sílaba?

-ado, -ada ollado → ollao, rodado → rodao (Ast., León y Pal.), sobado → sobao, tablado → tablao, ripiado → [perico] ripiao (Dom.), tonada → toná, alboreada → alboreá -ido, ida hipido → jipido → ...
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How to translate "I'm sorry for trying"?

Another option that does not use the infinitive: Perdona que lo intentara In this case, as the verb is not in its infinitive form, the object pronoun goes before it. You can use the infinitive in ...
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How to translate "I'm sorry for trying"?

The correct form would be Siento haberlo intentado. In Spanish the object pronouns la, le, lo etc. are always enclitic (they follow the verb) if it's an infinitive, and they're written as one word ...
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Participio Activo y Participio Pasivo de Sustantivos

El participio pasivo es una forma verbal que se usa en dos tipos de construcciones gramaticales: la voz pasiva perifrástica (por ejemplo: «Los pacientes fueron referidos a otro hospital») y los ...
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Pretérito Perfecto vs. Pretérito Indefinido - which one is correct

First of all, a disclaimer, the usage of 'pretérito perfecto' (se ha roto) and 'pretérito indefinido' (se rompió) varies with the region. Some regions in Spain (like Leon) and I believe most of Latin ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between the two past participles for the three verbs that the Real Academia Española authorizes usage for?

The Ngram results are fascinating. If you take them at face value it would seem that we're witnessing a clear trend towards regularization, which might end up turning those irregular participles into ...
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Is the phrase "tiene programada" grammatically correct in Spanish and, if so, why isn't it "tiene programado?"

The Spanish participle has two forms or main uses. One is used in the construction of compound tenses, with the auxiliary haber; this one is invariable (it doesn't take number or gender but always ...
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Is the phrase "tiene programada" grammatically correct in Spanish and, if so, why isn't it "tiene programado?"

Estás en lo cierto: programada se concuerda con reunión en femenino. El adjetivo debe concordar con el sustantivo en género, número y caso, al igual que el artículo y el participio, por ser ...
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¿Tiene o ha tenido el verbo "ser" participio de presente?

Como le he comentado a Gustavson, barajaba la posibilidad de que el participio de presente (o activo) del verbo ser fuera ente. Y buscando un poco he dado con un artículo de la Fundéu que dice: El ...
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What does "las comprendidas" mean?

The verb comprender has other meanings in Spanish apart from understand. See the following definitions: 1. tr. Abrazar, ceñir o rodear por todas partes algo. 2. tr. Contener o incluir en sí ...
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¿Cuáles son los verbos en participio pasado que llevan tilde?

Los verbos con participio acentuado son aquellos que lo hacen según las reglas de la ortografía. En el caso de los verbos que mencionas: Caído y traído llevan tilde porque el acento cae en un hiato ...
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Use of "ser" vs "estar" with past participle

You could use ser/era, Se compró una figura que era de madera. implying a (permanent) quality of the object. You use estar + past participle to indicate the result of an action (in this case, the ...
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Mixing tenses in subjunctive?

Your first sentence is not formed correctly. Note that the positive, indicative form is: Creo que hice lo mejor que podía hacer. When you change it to negative form, what needs to be in ...
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¿Por qué "el cierre" en vez de "el cerrado"?

La norma es que, cuando se requiere un sustantivo, se debe utilizar el sustantivo o, a lo sumo, el infinitivo. En el caso de "cerrar", el sustantivo es "cierre" y por lo tanto es el término que debe ...
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What is the grammatical function of "a" in "estoy a salvo"?

In fact, "gusto" is a noun and "salvo" is an adjective. The "a" preposition is needed to form adverbial locutions with nouns or adjectives. You can find a lot of information about adverbial locutions ...
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¿Es «hirviendo» un adjetivo masculino?

Menudo adjetivo has elegido para hacer esta pregunta. Tenemos dos hechos curiosos que seguramente te han causado la duda: La palabra agua es femenina, pero empieza con /a/ tónica, por tanto, emplea ...
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How do we express the concept of having something done in Spanish?

I can't vouch for other regions, but in Mexico at least, there is mandar a (verb) Examples: Mandé a hacer un traje. | I'm having a suit made / made to order / custom made. OR I ordered a suit. ...
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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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"Creo que todavía está *manchada*", how can you distinguish if it's a past participle or an adjective?

Past participles behave as adjectives (with a change in number and gender to agree with the noun they refer to) in the passive voice and with copulative verbs like "estar" or "parecer". In the passive ...
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"Acostado" vs "Acostando"

This is a distinct difference between English and Spanish. In English we generally use an adverbial particle (typically up, down), or use a different verb, to indicate the action through which we ...
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Ciertas conjugaciones verbales no convencionales

Esas formas son incorrectas, ni siquiera están en la RAE. Así que hay que usarlas como corresponde. De hecho suena bastante mal decir devolvido en vez de devuelto.
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Are there any rules governing when you can and cannot use a present tense form of "ser" + a past participle to form a passive sentence?

I'm going to give you a very simple answer (and to do so I must ignore the question in your title -- if you want to address this I suggest a separate Question): Your solutions to the exercises are ...
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Are there any rules governing when you can and cannot use a present tense form of "ser" + a past participle to form a passive sentence?

There are several things going on here. As indicated by other people already, your answers are not ungrammatical. Mostly they sound wrong because they don't correspond to the implied context. Los ...
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"Dicho" vs "maldito" y "bendito"

El cambio fonético en cuestión tuvo en realidad dos partes: primero fue un paso de -ct- a -it- (quizá vía algún otro paso intermedio) y luego de -it- a -ch- por palatalización de la t (y con cambio de ...
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