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Forum: Culture April 14, 2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,143
Posted By poli
Thanks! Beautifully spoken and with good...

Thanks! Beautifully spoken and with good information.
Forum: Grammar April 14, 2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By poli
That explains it. There are slight differences...

That explains it. There are slight differences in the use of language in European and American English.
Forum: Grammar April 14, 2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By poli
To me too, but perhaps it is used in Great...

To me too, but perhaps it is used in Great Britain. I know, she thinks it a waste of time, is used especially on your side of the Atlantic. Where was the proficiency book published?
Forum: Grammar April 14, 2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By poli
It is incorrect, but you can say, she thinks...

It is incorrect, but you can say, she thinks going to the gym is a waste of time,
Oddly you can say (especially in Britain), she thinks it a waste of time.
Forum: Grammar March 31, 2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 111
Posted By poli
I haven't heard agua a beber. The two a's...

I haven't heard agua a beber. The two a's together sound bad. I would suggest
using agua de beber or perhaps agua para beber,
Forum: Grammar March 30, 2021, 05:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 123
Posted By poli
Subject pronouns are generally not used in...

Subject pronouns are generally not used in Spanish except for clarification or emphasis, and as you know, it (ello) is the last subject pronoun to be used. It can and may cause more confusion than...
Forum: Vocabulary March 26, 2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By poli
You have it right. Una persona pobre is a person...

You have it right. Una persona pobre is a person lacking money. Una pobre persona implies pathos.
Forum: Grammar March 22, 2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By poli
Phrases that express emotion usually take the...

Phrases that express emotion usually take the subjunctive.
Forum: Idioms & Sayings March 18, 2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By poli
Sarna is mange in English. I assume that is a...

Sarna is mange in English. I assume that is a person compared to mange would be a very annoying type. If that is the case, calling the person a pest would be an acceptable translation.
Forum: Grammar March 18, 2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By poli
I know that stern can mean the back of a boat. ...

I know that stern can mean the back of a boat. This sounds like a command (to the stern all).
If it is a command, then all would be the accented word in the phrase.
Forum: Grammar March 15, 2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Posted By poli
Talking it looks like there's rules here! Correct me if...

it looks like there's rules here! Correct me if I'm wrong.

It the x is followed by a consonant, then it has a Z or S sound.

If followed by a vowel, it's sound is like the Spanish J

If it is...
Forum: Grammar March 12, 2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By poli
Grammar fine points are sometimes over my head,...

Grammar fine points are sometimes over my head, but wouldn't the león durmiendo mean the sleeping lion and the león dormido mean the lion asleep?

When I was taught Spanish, I was told that the...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings March 11, 2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By poli
..also, and I like this one more, to enrich...

..also, and I like this one more, to enrich oneself at the expense of others
Forum: Idioms & Sayings March 01, 2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By poli
It took awhile for me to realize that it could be...

It took awhile for me to realize that it could be used the same way in English:They think themselves the owners of the street.
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 26, 2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By poli
Yes, but wouldn't it be he thinks himself God's...

Yes, but wouldn't it be he thinks himself God's gift to women be the way it would be constructed in Spanish se cree un regalo de Dios--thus leaving out the verb to be altogether?
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 23, 2021, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By poli
Thanks both of you. It's a real departure from...

Thanks both of you. It's a real departure from English to use creer without ser. In English, it's always to believe yourself to be...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 23, 2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By poli
Se creen los dueños de la calle.

This use of creer confuses me. I would say, "creen que son los dueños de la calle." Would my use be wrong?
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 19, 2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By poli
Manzana de la discordia

I looked it up, and the term means bone of contention, but someone told me it meant in demand. Does the term have two meanings?
By the way, the two people who tell me it means in demand are from...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 15, 2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 282
Posted By poli
Suerte que

as in: Tu acción ha dejado mucho que desear. Suerte que conté mi historia.
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 14, 2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By poli
Dar el alta/ el baja

I always thought the correct term was el alta, but I hear al baja. Are both commonly used?
Forum: Grammar February 10, 2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By poli
A native speaker will correct me if I'm wrong,...

A native speaker will correct me if I'm wrong, but if you wish to use the past subjunctive in these cases, you would have to use the conditional case of esperar (esperaría),
Forum: Idioms & Sayings February 09, 2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By poli
De tres al cuarto

It's a saying meaning of little value or cheap. Is this used in Latin America?
Forum: Vocabulary January 29, 2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 988
Posted By poli
En la moda, de moda, a la moda

Are they all good to use?
Forum: Vocabulary January 28, 2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 870
Posted By poli
As Rusty states, it certainly is an unusual thing...

As Rusty states, it certainly is an unusual thing to say.
Here's an example.

Someone is going on a one week trip and excitedly states, I'm taking three pairs of shoes, several suits, two...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings January 27, 2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 501
Posted By poli
Perder la chaveta

I know it means to lose one's marbles. Is it a phrase used in Latin America?
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