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Muy bien, estás "acercándote" (you're getting there).
Estás cada vez más cerca (You're getting closer and closer).
Estás en una posición cada vez más cercana a una buena comprensión...
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Old July 07, 2013, 09:25 PM
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Muy bien, estás "acercándote" (you're getting there).
Estás cada vez más cerca (You're getting closer and closer).
Estás en una posición cada vez más cercana a una buena comprensión...
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Old July 08, 2013, 02:44 AM
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I hate when I'm trying to focus on one thing and the other stuff (that I shouldn't be getting wrong) is what I mess up...
"incidis in Scyllam cupiens vitare Charybdim"

Scylla and Charybdis are twin dangers in Homer, and sailors used to be so wary concentrating on avoiding one, that they fell into the other.

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Estás cada vez más cerca (You're getting closer and closer)..
I find this interesting because just looking at the Spanish, the automatic assumption is cerca is a predicative adjective following the verb to be (estar), which is incorrect. This is very confusing because English close can be an adjective or adverb, whereas cerca is always an adverb.
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I find this interesting because just looking at the Spanish, the automatic assumption is cerca is a predicative adjective following the verb to be (estar), which is incorrect. This is very confusing because English close can be an adjective or adverb, whereas cerca is always an adverb.
Well, I also think that we (American) English speakers have issues distinguishing between adverbs and adjectives. In the sentences given in this thread, I'm not always sure what are the adverbs and what are the adjectives. I can't always identify them....
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Amazing (to me) to realize how something "so" normal to me, could be "so curious" to you...

I tend to call "modifiers" instead of differentiate "adverbs" and "adjectives"... although I recognize the more you can analyze and discern differences, the best...

¿Estamos más cerca? ¿O nos alejamos?

Espero que lleguemos a adquirir una comprensión más profunda y cercana de este apasionante tema...
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Amazing (to me) to realize how something "so" normal to me, could be "so curious" to you...
That reminds me of the quotation "Grammar is like walking. You have to think about it when you start, but if you have to go on thinking about it, you fall over."
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That reminds me of the quotation "Grammar is like walking. You have to think about it when you start, but if you have to go on thinking about it, you fall over."
The other day, I was looking over some of my old emails with my tutor when I started working with her almost 3 years ago. I was surprised at some of the errors I made, because they DO seem natural to me now. I am sometimes tempted to think that I haven't grown at all in my Spanish, but when I look at old emails, I realize that I have... So, hopefully, I'll transition eventually from walking to running.
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So, hopefully, I'll transition eventually from walking to running.
*cringe* There is a verb to transit. From that, there is a noun made by adding a noun ending, transition. Then, you make a verb out of that noun.

Your sentence had two adverbs, two gerunds, and a verbed nouned verb.
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"So, hopefully, I'll transition eventually from walking to running." What part of speech is "so" - I thought it was an adverb.....
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Old July 08, 2013, 02:37 PM
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"So, hopefully, I'll transition eventually from walking to running." What part of speech is "so" - I thought it was an adverb.....
So is so complicated. It can be a conjunction as well as an adverb, and I think in that sentence, it is a conjunction because you could subsitute 'therefore' or 'consequently'.
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