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Old November 08, 2008, 03:57 PM
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A veces veo los fantasmas cuando no tomo la medicina.
Sometimes I see ghosts when I don't take my medicine.

Tienes algo en el bolso que es de mio/que me pertenece/pertenecerme/que es pertenceciendome.
You have something in your bag that belongs to me.

Yo necesito alguno dinero porque quiero comprar algo.
I need some money because I want to buy something.

Ella está yendo también.
She is going also.

O ella sale o salgo porque no nos gustamos/no nos caemos bien.
Either she leaves or I leave because we don't like each other.

Muchas veces voy al parque para sacar a mis perros a pasear/para que saco a mis perros a pasear.
Often I go to the park to walk my dogs.

Oí a alguien llamarme.
I heard someone call me.
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Old November 09, 2008, 03:51 PM
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Ella está yendo también.
She is going also.

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This seem wrong to me. You should probably say "she will be going also" (Ella irá también) in Spanish in order to translate She is going also. Ella está yendo = she is currently in the act of going. I guess it depends on the context of the situation. If you are in the car driving somewhere and talking on the phone to someone. You could say Ella está yendo también because you are in the act of going.

But I could be totally wrong. LOL. Someone who actually knows Spanish well needs to verify my thinking.

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Old November 09, 2008, 04:24 PM
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A veces veo los fantasmas cuando no tomo la medicina.
Sometimes I see ghosts when I don't take my medicine.

Tienes algo en el bolso que es mío (o que me pertenece).
You have something in your bag that belongs to me.

(Yo) necesito alguno dinero porque quiero comprar algo.
I need some money because I want to buy something.

Ella va también.
She is going also.

O ella sale o salgo porque no nos caemos bien/no nos gustamos la una a la otra.
Either she leaves or I leave because we don't like each other.

A menudo voy al parque para pasear los perros.
Often I go to the park to walk my dogs.

Oí a alguien llamarme.
I heard someone call(ing) me.
The last sentence seems a bit odd, but is grammatically sound. You'll hear these variations:
Oí a alguien llamándome.
Lo/La/Le oí llamarme.
Oí que alguien me llamaba.
Oí que me llamaba.
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Old November 09, 2008, 04:43 PM
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use la una a la otra just with.........

gustar, don't need it for caer bien?

How would muchas veces be used in sentence?
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I added la una a la otra because your original sentence contains the corresponding phrase. It can follow both constructs.

There is technically nothing wrong with using muchas veces the way you did, except that it sounded a bit more natural to use a menudo in that position. It could just be my opinion.

Una vez = One time (once)
Dos veces = Two times (twice)
A veces = Sometimes
Muchas veces = Many times

I have seen that movie many times.
= He visto esa película muchas veces.

However, muchas veces is a synonym of a menudo, just as much as frecuentemente, con frecuencia, a cada rato, or repetidas veces are, so you can leave your original sentence as is if you'd like.
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Rusty's in your translation you change the original "mis" por "los/las"
A veces veo fantasmas cuando no tomo mi medicina.
Sometimes I see ghosts when I don't take my medicine.
other way: Si no me tomo mi medicina a veces veo fantasmas.

A menudo voy al parque a pasear a mis perros.
Often I go to the park to walk my dogs.

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Oh, Sosia, if you don't take medicine, you see ghosts, well you suffer to have false notions jejej, you are bad of the mind, it's just a joke.
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Rusty's in your translation you change the original "mis" por "los/las"
A veces veo fantasmas cuando no tomo mi medicina.
Sometimes I see ghosts when I don't take my medicine.
other way: Si no me tomo mi medicina a veces veo fantasmas.

A menudo voy al parque a pasear a mis perros.
Often I go to the park to walk my dogs.

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Actually, cmon's original post didn't contain mi medicina. I left it as is. However, I did fail to include the personal a after pasear. Thanks for catching that.

When I was learning Spanish, someone told me not to overuse the determiners (my, your, etc.). I've seen many cases where this advice seems to be valid, as in peinarse el pelo. In English, we always use a determiner in that phrase (to comb one's hair).

I've also seen cases where a determiner is used, just like in English. I thought, at first, that it was isolated to Mexican usage, but you have changed my mind.

Is there an 'official ruling' on this somewhere? Thanks.
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Rusty in your explication you are speaking about the use the words of Mexican usage, but anyway, I don't arrive to understand, what you are trying to say with that, if you could explain me more specific in your explain, because I want to understand more above the that you are saying in this post.
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What I can think of as a rule, functional-notional-semantic:

Parts of the body, items of clothing, and things used every day/expensive to purchase tend to avoid personal possessive determiners in spanish, though they are perfectly understandable and would not stop communication.

Me duele la espalda
My back hurts

Me puse los pantalones
I put my trousers on

Tengo el trabajo un poco lejos
My job is a bit far

A tu padre le gusta lavar el coche los domingos
Your da likes washing his car on Mondays.
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