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Forum: Grammar October 21, 2013, 10:47 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 134,369
Posted By pacomartin123
I was a little confused by the translation of "I...

I was a little confused by the translation of "I was cheated".

Because this sounds like a temporary state, my first guess was to use "estar", but I was told to use "ser".

1)Estuve engañado...
Forum: Grammar July 30, 2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,145
Posted By pacomartin123
Verb forms

If I want to say "I tried to run away", which do I use?
1) Intenté a fugar
2) Intenté fugarme
Google translates them identically. Can you point to a grammer rule that tells me which version to use?
Forum: Vocabulary June 28, 2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,184
Posted By pacomartin123
One of the definitions of "coraje" in the DRAE...

One of the definitions of "coraje" in the DRAE is "valor". My friend from Mexico says that is true on paper, but in reality it is considered a quaint, and old fashioned definition.

It would be...
Forum: Vocabulary June 28, 2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,184
Posted By pacomartin123
En "courage", Sp "coraje" Old French "corage"

Clearly English "courage" and Spanish "coraje" are both descendants from the same Old French word "corage".

But judging from the DRAE definition
coraje (Del fr. ant. corages).
1. m. Impetuosa...
Forum: Grammar May 11, 2012, 11:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 847
Posted By pacomartin123
Why is gusta singular

http://www.palms.com/wp-content/themes/palmsnew-com/lib/timthumb.php?src=http://www.palms.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/MeGusta_589x328.jpg&w=589&h=328&zc=1&de=0

tacos and margaritas is plural....
Forum: Idioms & Sayings April 23, 2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,705
Posted By pacomartin123
source of idiom

Does anyone know what is the source of this idiom?
Forum: Grammar April 17, 2012, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,862
Posted By pacomartin123
Single plural question

The murderer must have liked donuts. - English
Al asesino le deben haber gustado las donas. - Spanish

In English I would say
"murderer" is the subject,
"must" is a modal verb
"have" is an...
Forum: Vocabulary April 02, 2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,858
Posted By pacomartin123
most number of definitions

Excellent find. That will be difficult to top.
The numbers I gave before have been updated. "Run" in OED is up to almost 700 definitions. "Correr" has 45 in the DRAE.
Forum: Vocabulary March 22, 2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,858
Posted By pacomartin123
Most number of definitions

The English words with the most number of definitions (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) are listed below. The large number of definitions results from combining more than one Old English...
Forum: Grammar March 04, 2012, 11:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,703
Posted By pacomartin123
Must and should and tenses

The word "should" is from an old Viking word that conveys both obligation, and comes from the goddess of the future. So it is logical that the future tense would be used in a romance language.

I...
Forum: Grammar March 04, 2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,703
Posted By pacomartin123
Should & Must in Spanish

A native Spanish speaker said he would use the following translations

"Debo haber dejado el libro..." I must have left the book...
"Debí haber dejado el libro..." I should have left the book...
...
Forum: Vocabulary January 16, 2012, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,026
Posted By pacomartin123
CNN weather report

On Univision (http://www.tvkinc.com/noticia/2011/10/18/304129-clima-10-18.html) the weather report is labelled El Clima on the website, and El Tiempo on the video opening. During the speech, Ms....
Forum: Vocabulary January 16, 2012, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,026
Posted By pacomartin123
Climate and Weather

In English we generally use climate for the average weather over a long period (usually 30 or more years). Since I see <<clima>> used for weather, what is the Spanish word for climate?
Forum: Idioms & Sayings January 12, 2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,046
Posted By pacomartin123
Fat chance

How would you say fat chance in Spanish?
Forum: Practice & Homework January 10, 2012, 04:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 941
Posted By pacomartin123
I am trying to convey that the butler is not...

I am trying to convey that the butler is not supposed to sleep at work. But I am confused about the pronominal definition. When I look it up in the DRAE the pronomial definition implies it used in...
Forum: Practice & Homework January 09, 2012, 01:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 941
Posted By pacomartin123
Past tense - dormir - translation

1) Mi mayordomo estaba durmiendo en el trabajo ayer.
2) Mi mayordomo dormía en el trabajo ayer.
3) Mi mayordomo durmió en el trabajo ayer.

How would I translate into English? Is phrase 1) or 2)...
Forum: Grammar January 09, 2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,644
Posted By pacomartin123
Transitive and intransitive verbs

I was wondering if anyone knew of a list of verbs that are different between Spanish and English in terms of transitive/intransitive properties.

For instance "walk" is transitive or intransitive...
Forum: Grammar December 31, 2011, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,822
Posted By pacomartin123
Sentir (is reflexive necessary)

According to 501 verbs
sentir = to feel sorry; to regret; to feel
sentirse = to feel (well, ill)

Is there any difference between the meaning of these two sentences?
1) Paco se sintió...
Forum: Vocabulary December 27, 2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,341
Posted By pacomartin123
En estadística, la media aritmética (también...

En estadística, la media aritmética (también llamada promedio o simplemente media) de un conjunto finito de números es igual a la suma de todos sus valores dividida entre el número de sumandos.

En...
Forum: Culture December 27, 2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,959
Posted By pacomartin123
The US census bureau restored the word "negro" to...

The US census bureau restored the word "negro" to the census form in 2010, because it turned out that some older people find the term "black" to be offensive, and "African-American" to be artificial....
Forum: Grammar December 27, 2011, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 46,303
Posted By pacomartin123
Perhaps the safest thing is never to make a...

Perhaps the safest thing is never to make a comment on appearances. But it seems as if Latino culture is less concerned about equating professionalism with being gender neutral.

Not all men are...
Forum: Culture December 27, 2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,959
Posted By pacomartin123
Culturally offensive

This may be vocabulary question

The Spanish phrase merienda de negros is similar to the British phrase the dog's breakfast in that it means a confusing mixture of items.

Does the phrase carry...
Forum: Grammar December 26, 2011, 03:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 46,303
Posted By pacomartin123
It seems as if "estás guapa" would be the correct...

It seems as if "estás guapa" would be the correct compliment for a coworker. An added especialmente wouldn't hurt if it is your wife or girlfriend.

There is a decent Wikipedia article...
Forum: Grammar December 22, 2011, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 46,303
Posted By pacomartin123
It reminds of an observation I have made. If a...

It reminds of an observation I have made. If a woman tells a man "You look handsome today" the man says "thank you". If a man tells a woman "You look beautiful today" the woman says "What do I...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings December 21, 2011, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,873
Posted By pacomartin123
¡Ojalá!...

¡Ojalá! (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1477868/silvio_rodriguez_ojal_translated/) is a Spanish loan word from Arabic. It literally means ¡By Allah!
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