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Forum: Translations June 23, 2022, 07:19 PM
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Posted By wrholt
I've also found multiple renditions in multiple...

I've also found multiple renditions in multiple sources. I tend to use "grownup" for the noun, "grown-up" for the adjective, and "grown up" as the verb form.
Forum: Introductions June 20, 2022, 02:56 PM
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Views: 134
Posted By wrholt
Welcome to the forums!

Welcome to the forums!
Forum: Translations June 18, 2022, 08:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By wrholt
As Rusty says, using a redundant object pronoun...

As Rusty says, using a redundant object pronoun alongside an explicit object is common, but it isn't always necessary.

In my advanced Spanish language class at university a long time ago, I was...
Forum: Grammar June 03, 2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 103
Posted By wrholt
The opposite happens occasionally, too: when both...

The opposite happens occasionally, too: when both the subject and the direct object are non-living things, it's common to use "personal a" to identify which one is the direct object, particularly...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings May 20, 2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By wrholt
My first-year roommate at university (mid-late...

My first-year roommate at university (mid-late 1970s), who was from Venezuela, often used this expression. He also used "esa/esta vaina" to mean "this/that stuff/thing".
Forum: Grammar May 19, 2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By wrholt
And now I've learned another set partial synonyms...

And now I've learned another set partial synonyms between English and Spanish: "maquinista" has a broader range of meanings in Spanish than "machinist" has in English. In English a "machinist" is a...
Forum: Grammar May 16, 2022, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By wrholt
It sounds like a "garrotero" (or a...

It sounds like a "garrotero" (or a "guardafrenos") is what US railroad companies call a "brakeman". Originally brakemen controlled the brakes on the individual cars of the train, but modern trains...
Forum: Grammar May 10, 2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 227
Posted By wrholt
They are synonymous, more or less. You could...

They are synonymous, more or less. You could translate "that/this being the case" as "Siendo eso el caso", and you could translate "in which/that/this case" as "en ese/este caso".
Forum: Grammar April 30, 2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By wrholt
Yep, confusion can happen early in learning the...

Yep, confusion can happen early in learning the language, but in my experience that goes away with time. I already knew Spanish fluently when I started studying Mandarin Chinese, only to discover...
Forum: Grammar April 13, 2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By wrholt
The second part of the sentence appears to be an...

The second part of the sentence appears to be an example of the no fault "se" construction (also called the unplanned "se" construction or the accidental "se" construction).

This construction...
Forum: Grammar April 08, 2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By wrholt
I think "el cual" may refer to "el hogar", which...

I think "el cual" may refer to "el hogar", which belongs to the police officer.



Perhaps "la cual" refers to "una audiencia"?
Forum: Vocabulary April 04, 2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,051
Posted By wrholt
Creo que es posible que la persona que te lo...

Creo que es posible que la persona que te lo escribió se cometió un error de tecla, y que intentaba escribir "Love this!"
Forum: Grammar February 25, 2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By wrholt
The first word in your sentence should not have...

The first word in your sentence should not have an accent mark (a.k.a. a tilde): él means "he", while el means "the".

Your sentence, "el hombre está listo para trabajar, pero su mujer no lo está"...
Forum: Grammar November 29, 2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By wrholt
As Robindesbois indicates, some color names are...

As Robindesbois indicates, some color names are fundamentally adjectives, and some of them are fundamentally nouns.

When a color name is fundamentally an adjective, the adjective has different...
Forum: Vocabulary November 26, 2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,394
Posted By wrholt
I agree with Rusty: if you are creating the first...

I agree with Rusty: if you are creating the first digital/electronic record of the grades, you enter/record them onto a computer or into an application, or into a system, and then save the data to a...
Forum: Translations November 19, 2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 531
Posted By wrholt
I think native speakers will have to chime in on...

I think native speakers will have to chime in on this, but:

The range of possible uses for object pronouns in Spanish (me, nos, te, os, lo, la, le, los, las, les, se) is a LOT wider than the the...
Forum: Grammar November 12, 2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By wrholt
The object pronouns "la", "los" and "las" ALWAYS...

The object pronouns "la", "los" and "las" ALWAYS refer to something that is identified explicitly or implicitly by a noun with the same gender and number.

The object pronoun "lo" does double duty:...
Forum: Grammar November 08, 2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By wrholt
From a normative perspective, "se los dije" is...

From a normative perspective, "se los dije" is almost always incorrect, but as a manner of speech some native speakers use it.

The "correct" expression is "se lo dije" = "I told it to...
Forum: Translations October 22, 2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 755
Posted By wrholt
There are two separate problems, one with your...

There are two separate problems, one with your original sentence and one with your translation.

First, in your original sentence you wrote "... como si suponía ...". This is incorrect: only past...
Forum: Translations July 06, 2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 709
Posted By wrholt
In lists of items or choices, "other" is popular....

In lists of items or choices, "other" is popular. In lists of categories, both "other" and "miscellaneous" are popular.
Forum: Grammar May 22, 2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 888
Posted By wrholt
The expression "ingeniárselas" is an idiom...

The expression "ingeniárselas" is an idiom meaning "to manage to do something", "to find a solution to something". The pronoun "las" is part of the idiom, and it doesn't refer to anything in...
Forum: Grammar May 14, 2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By wrholt
The most common ways to translate "a la niña le...

The most common ways to translate "a la niña le gustan los caballos" is "the girl likes the horses" or "the girl likes horses". However, the grammar of the Spanish sentence is similar to the English...
Forum: Grammar April 20, 2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By wrholt
It's not a typo; it's the definite article...

It's not a typo; it's the definite article meaning "the".

In this sentence the subject is "el veros a todos aquí": the head noun is the infinitive "ver", which is accompanied by its direct object,...
Forum: Grammar April 18, 2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By wrholt
Correct, most of the time if you write or say...

Correct, most of the time if you write or say vete the reader or listener will understand it as "go away".

Most documents whose purpose is to organize and present information are considered to be...
Forum: Grammar April 09, 2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 631
Posted By wrholt
There is a good amount of regional variation in...

There is a good amount of regional variation in whether or not native speakers use both formal and informal 2nd-person pronouns and which pronouns they use.

Most people in Spain use "usted" and...
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