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Forum: Grammar August 29, 2017, 01:57 PM
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Posted By aleCcowaN
Well, certainly that's not what happens with the...

Well, certainly that's not what happens with the Spanish spoken where I live or anywhere I visited, or anyone who visited me from any country. For both speaker's standpoints I'd use imperfect, not...
Forum: Grammar August 29, 2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By aleCcowaN
Can you describe exactly what you understood?...

Can you describe exactly what you understood? (for the sake of future readers of this thread)

On the risk of not analysing it enough, I'd say nunca and siempre have no bearing on the choice...
Forum: Translations August 29, 2017, 06:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By aleCcowaN
All four are right and have the same meaning. ...

All four are right and have the same meaning.

Those using subjunctive fall into the category of "advice and recommendations"; those using Spanish indicative fall into the category of "commands,...
Forum: Translations August 28, 2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By aleCcowaN
I love "beckon with tenderness", but it's not...

I love "beckon with tenderness", but it's not what the song says. "Jaded eyes" doesn't describe the same thing, in this case, the untruth and malice of the woman who broke his heart, synthesized just...
Forum: Grammar August 28, 2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By aleCcowaN
Those triggers don't exist. They are just tricks...

Those triggers don't exist. They are just tricks to give the student time enough to apprehend the real inner working of the language (and trick in exams, as in the first courses they give some 70-80%...
Forum: Grammar August 28, 2017, 04:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By aleCcowaN
Could you provide examples of phrases doing that?...

Could you provide examples of phrases doing that? I don't get what's your point.

Even a wrong translation would help.
Forum: Translations August 28, 2017, 04:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By aleCcowaN
It's not easy to translate it because the...

It's not easy to translate it because the original arrancar doesn't mean the lover was no gentle. Hay que arrancarlos (the sorrows) pero no se puede means they can't be "weeded out". How to convey...
Forum: Translations August 27, 2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By aleCcowaN
I was out of breath, there wasn't a sigh left but...

I was out of breath, there wasn't a sigh left but just those sorrows in me that you couldn't weed out, 'cause even if you kill me I'd take them with me.
Forum: Grammar August 25, 2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 540
Posted By aleCcowaN
And that's the mistake. The speaker thinks he/she...

And that's the mistake. The speaker thinks he/she has to *place* the lawyer again just to single out the table where he was *placed* (verb place used on purpose).
Forum: Grammar August 24, 2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 540
Posted By aleCcowaN
I suppose it's local to Spain, but everyone else...

I suppose it's local to Spain, but everyone else understands it. You can colocar things (colocar el cuadro en la pared) but when people is involved it's somehow figurative (me colocaron de camarero...
Forum: Grammar August 23, 2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 540
Posted By aleCcowaN
Me colocaron en la misma mesa en la que colocaron...

Me colocaron en la misma mesa en la que colocaron al abogado.
Me colocaron en la misma mesa que el abogado.

Me ubicaron en la misma mesa
Me pusieron en la misma mesa
Me asignaron la misma mesa...
Forum: Technical things August 22, 2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,202
Posted By aleCcowaN
Are you talking of something like (yo)...

Are you talking of something like

(yo) hiciera = (if) I did / (should) I do

(yo) hacía = I did / I would do / I was doing?

Because I'm afraid that looks the kind of thing you'd find if such...
Forum: Grammar August 22, 2017, 04:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By aleCcowaN
Don't take the following as an attempt to...

Don't take the following as an attempt to translate but just as some strokes to depict notions:

por implies the notion of or going by or through.
en implies the notion of in, on or at.

más...
Forum: Grammar August 21, 2017, 09:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 929
Posted By aleCcowaN
Yes. Spanish indicative expects things to be...

Yes.

Spanish indicative expects things to be done or to have been done. Spanish subjunctive is the domain of things that are not done, from negative commands to anything that is not lively enough...
Forum: Grammar August 21, 2017, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 929
Posted By aleCcowaN
Sí, algo así. (a lo mejor) me saco la...

Sí, algo así.

(a lo mejor) me saco la lotería (expectation of having the winning ticket, or at least that is the only pme that matters to the speaker so it seems evem more likely to be drawn than...
Forum: Grammar August 21, 2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 929
Posted By aleCcowaN
Unless that textbook is for extremely advanced...

Unless that textbook is for extremely advanced students and some other explanations are provided, it's safe to say that the textbook is mistaken and your instinct about it should have been "hayan"...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings August 20, 2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,202
Posted By aleCcowaN
Es cierto, hay gente que tiene tan buena percha...

Es cierto, hay gente que tiene tan buena percha que un saco de arpillera, con tres agujeros para sacar los brazos y la cabeza, le queda bien.

saco de arpillera = burlap bag
Forum: Idioms & Sayings August 19, 2017, 09:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,202
Posted By aleCcowaN
Isn't this forum great? :) I've found in the...

Isn't this forum great? :)

I've found in the dictionary "cut a fine figure" and "cut a dash" : usually said of a male, to look good or elegant; people admire their appearance, usually because they...
Forum: Translations August 19, 2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By aleCcowaN
What's the problem? We are indeed not a free...

What's the problem? We are indeed not a free translation service nor we do solve all the homework the students don't want to do. We provide guidance and corrections to those who are really learning...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques August 19, 2017, 03:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,992
Posted By aleCcowaN
I don't think the "l" is totally omitted but it...

I don't think the "l" is totally omitted but it modifies the sound of the e. The same way "ing" in English is a nasal en, for some "el" becomes a gutural mix of e and o. I've heard that from regional...
Forum: Grammar August 18, 2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By aleCcowaN
In "de vinos" is announced the mood and theme of...

In "de vinos" is announced the mood and theme of the outing.

There's a well known expression, "salir/irse de p****" meaning going out to pick up some ladies of the red district.

It's pretty...
Forum: General Chat August 15, 2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 686
Posted By aleCcowaN
Jokes can teach you languages

I was thinking in this kind of joke:

Hace trajes a medida ... a medida que se los van encargando.

He makes tailored suits ... tailored as customers order them ["them suits" in some sort of...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings August 15, 2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By aleCcowaN
Thanks, Rusty. I should've used pictured...

Thanks, Rusty.

I should've used pictured instead of dreamt.
Forum: Idioms & Sayings August 14, 2017, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By aleCcowaN
Thanks for the song. I found "the highway of...

Thanks for the song. I found "the highway of life" to overlap with uses of "los caminos de la vida". In other occasions they differ. But I'm now convinced it would be the best translation for most...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings August 14, 2017, 03:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By aleCcowaN
Yes, that's more like it, when it's not used to...

Yes, that's more like it, when it's not used to mention surpassing others or to talk of roadblocks in it (there's always that competitive, unkind, anti-philosophical edge).
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