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Principales usos de “por”

Let’s take a look at some of the main uses of the preposition “por”, using examples from the Nuestra Cultura’ s article “Machu Picchu, la ciudad de los incas”. 1. Por + something/someone:  It is used to indicate what or who causes a certain mental state or attitude: Los científicos

¿Tienes confianza o confidencia?

How do we say “confidence” in Spanish? Is it “confianza” or “confidencia”? Well, it depends on what we mean to say; both words have very different meanings. Let’s take a look:   Confianza: We use this word to talk about our trust or belief in ourselves or someone else, or

Macho / Hembra

If el gato is a male cat and la gata is a female cat, what would be the word for a male rat since la rata is the word for a female rat. El rato? No quite so! La rata applies to both the male and female rat: Hoy vi una

Should I say ‘cambiar de mente’ or ‘cambiar de idea’?

Always say “cambiar de idea” o “cambiar de opinion”. When we talk about altering one’s opinions or decisions, the correct equivalents are “cambiar de idea” and “cambiar de opinión”. “Cambiar de mente” is a literal translation from the English expression “to change one’s mind” that would only make sense in

Are “aggressive” and “agresivo” the same?

“Aggressive means agresivo, right?” Well, yes and no. When we use this adjective to describe a violent situation or someone who is hostile and always ready to pick a fight or an argument, agresivo is the correct equivalent. Su comportamiento reciente es muy agresivo; sus padres están preocupados por él.

When should I use the indicative or the subjunctive?

When should we use the indicative or the subjunctive? Do they follow certain phrases or verbs? Let’s take a look at some general uses of the indicative and the subjunctive: We use the indicative to talk about actions, events, states which are believed to be facts or true. It is

“Creo que” Vs. “No creo que”

“Creo que…” and “no creo que..” are used to express our opinion or certainty regarding an idea or given fact. In this sense, they correspond to the English structures “I believe /think that…” and “I don’t believe/think that…” When using these structures, the main verb (verbo de opinión) can be

When do I use “saber” and “conocer”?

If both “saber” and “conocer” can be translated as “to know”, can I use them interchangeably? No, we can’t; both verbs express two kinds of knowledge.   Generally, we use “saber” to talk about a more intellectual knowledge; in order to know something or someone we have to read, listen, watch,

“Severe” doesn’t mean “severo”

When you first see or hear the Spanish word “severo” you immediately think to yourself “oh, it must mean “severe”! They are spelled and pronounced almost identically.” Well, in fact that’s where the similarities stop; their meanings are quite different. “Severo” is an adjective that we use to describe the

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