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Old May 28, 2014, 03:03 PM
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Aún or todavia

Aunque yo estudio todos los días aún no puedo hablar

Aunque estudie cada día todavía no puedo hablar

Both translate to still but which is better or are they mas o menos iguales.

Is the subjunctive in the second sentence correct?

¡ Como siempre, gracias!
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Old May 28, 2014, 03:22 PM
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In this case, "aún" and "todavía" are perfect synonyms. (For more on these words you can take a look here and here.)

The subjunctive is fine and it conveys the right idea, although "aunque estudio" makes your statement stronger about the fact that you do study every day.
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Aunque yo estudio todos los días aún no puedo hablar

Aunque estudie cada día todavía no puedo hablar

Both translate to still but which is better or are they mas o menos iguales.

Is the subjunctive in the second sentence correct?

¡ Como siempre, gracias!
Following Angelica's comment:

Bob, would you say both of the following phrases are equal or have a little difference?

Even though I study every day I still can't speak (it)/talk.

Even studying every day I still can't speak (it)/talk.
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Bob, you didn't answer me....
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As Chileno pointed out, the use of the subjunctive or indicative moods change the meaning slightly.

"Aunque estudio cada día..." Even though I study every day...
"Aunque estudie cada día..." Even if I study every day...

With the first, you're asserting that you do study every day, with the second you're not.
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As Chileno pointed out, the use of the subjunctive or indicative moods change the meaning slightly.

"Aunque estudio cada día..." Even though I study every day...
"Aunque estudie cada día..." Even if I study every day...

With the first, you're asserting that you do study every day, with the second you're not.
The form I am interested in knowing if it is correct is:

Even studying.....

Is that correct?


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The form I am interested in knowing if it is correct is:

Even studying.....

Is that correct?


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Yes, it's correct.
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Yes, it's correct.
Thank you David.
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Me atrevo a dar (o hacer) una sugerencia sobre la exactitud o no de algunas expresiones. Como hablante de castellano desde hace casi 70 años, considero que muchas veces, salvo ante alguna ambigüedad, no es necesario que siempre haya que decir lo que se quiera expresar con exactitud absoluta. Sobre todo para aquéllos que están comenzando a aprender el idioma. Incluso para los que tenemos el castellano como nuestra lengua materna no nos detenemos demasiado en esos detalles. Creo que ayudaría a agilizar bastante el aprendizaje del idioma.
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