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Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 27, 2021, 05:36 PM
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Posted By pjt33
Mea culpa. I didn't mentally process the 's as is.

Mea culpa. I didn't mentally process the 's as is.
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 24, 2021, 02:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By pjt33
Not really. "He thinks he's God's gift to women",...

Not really. "He thinks he's God's gift to women", "he thinks he's the bees knees", etc.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_copula
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 15, 2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 121
Posted By pjt33
I think that both are commonly used in various...

I think that both are commonly used in various contexts. In the medical system in Spain, dar la baja is when a doctor signs someone off work and dar el alta is when they say that you're fit to work,...
Forum: Grammar January 22, 2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By pjt33
Some quick research indicates that the song was...

Some quick research indicates that the song was the title song of a film, which was itself an adaptation of a book. I've managed to turn up...
Forum: Vocabulary December 07, 2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,542
Posted By pjt33
I don't believe I've ever heard it.

I don't believe I've ever heard it.
Forum: Vocabulary December 04, 2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,245
Posted By pjt33
Wouldn't that be a prueba de fuego?

Wouldn't that be a prueba de fuego?
Forum: Vocabulary November 21, 2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,388
Posted By pjt33
I'm not sure that even "express" carries a strong...

I'm not sure that even "express" carries a strong enough connotation of speed. I'd suggest instant deportation.
Forum: Vocabulary November 17, 2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,198
Posted By pjt33
Según el Oxford English Dictionary (omitiendo las...

Según el Oxford English Dictionary (omitiendo las acepciones marcadas como obsoletas, pero no me fío de que ninguna de estas acepciones sea actual), crack como sustantivo en inglés y refiriéndose a...
Forum: Grammar October 25, 2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By pjt33
Those are two different constructions (and I'm...

Those are two different constructions (and I'm not sure about the la in the first one).

I think that the first is an example of pasarse (reflexive): to go too far (I think #60 in DRAE: pasar...
Forum: Vocabulary October 10, 2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,095
Posted By pjt33
DRAE says which doesn't sound very positive.

DRAE says
which doesn't sound very positive.
Forum: Grammar October 10, 2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By pjt33
?? Surely the irrealis of go is went? Besides...

?? Surely the irrealis of go is went? Besides which, it's the other phrase (goes the spoils) which indicates that some people treat it as singular.



The X is many sounds bad full stop because...
Forum: Grammar October 09, 2020, 05:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By pjt33
Interesting question. etymonline.com says that...

Interesting question. etymonline.com says that "spoils" is a collective singular. The British National Corpus doesn't have enough relevant data to say anything, but the Corpus of Contemporary...
Forum: General Chat September 11, 2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,678
Posted By pjt33
Me parece que la palabra clave que necesitas es...

Me parece que la palabra clave que necesitas es callejero.
Forum: Grammar August 15, 2020, 06:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By pjt33
That doesn't feel like a full Spanish sentence to...

That doesn't feel like a full Spanish sentence to me: without context, I would guess that an ojalá has been elided. In that case, at a big stretch, I could see "I would have had" being used as...
Forum: Grammar August 11, 2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By pjt33
I suspect that what's confusing you here is not...

I suspect that what's confusing you here is not Spanish but American English, which (at least in some dialects) appears to use would to indicate the pluperfect.
Forum: Grammar August 08, 2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 442
Posted By pjt33
I can't speak to the first half, but the second...

I can't speak to the first half, but the second half of that sentence is incorrect. You may be getting mixed up with another named variant of third person pronoun usage, laísmo, using la when the...
Forum: Grammar July 21, 2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By pjt33
I would go with fuera del alcance, but that's not...

I would go with fuera del alcance, but that's not to disagree with the other suggestions.
Forum: Culture July 21, 2020, 04:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,290
Posted By pjt33
Non-native Spanish speakers are a sufficiently...

Non-native Spanish speakers are a sufficiently heterogenous group that I would be very cautious about making any generalisation about them.
Forum: Grammar July 20, 2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 533
Posted By pjt33
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Vocabulary July 02, 2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By pjt33
For me, the word "stewardship" does not fit in...

For me, the word "stewardship" does not fit in that example. I think that the core sense of stewardship is about managing a resource for the benefit of others, so it makes sense to talk of...
Forum: Vocabulary July 01, 2020, 04:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By pjt33
So does stewardship. Butlers and stewards are...

So does stewardship. Butlers and stewards are both servants charged with running their master's affairs, although butler has more connotations of running the house and steward of administrating the...
Forum: Grammar June 17, 2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By pjt33
When "code" is used of computer programs (whether...

When "code" is used of computer programs (whether source code, object code, bytecode, or machine code), in my professional opinion* it is an uncountable noun. I should note that plenty of people...
Forum: Vocabulary May 09, 2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,360
Posted By pjt33
I think tarugo is more a rawl plug than a sink...

I think tarugo is more a rawl plug than a sink plug.
Forum: Vocabulary May 01, 2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,997
Posted By pjt33
A teja is indeed a roof tile. For floor tiles you...

A teja is indeed a roof tile. For floor tiles you probably want baldosa. For walls, azulejo.

I don't have any mnemonics for the second or third, but for the link between techos and tejas I just...
Forum: Introductions December 28, 2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,353
Posted By pjt33
Are you sure the records are in Spanish? If...

Are you sure the records are in Spanish? If Minorcans are involved, they might be in Catalan.
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