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Para y Por Posted by on Jul 12, 2012

As we know, simple rules for a native speaker can be quite confusing when we are learning a foreign language. Some days ago I read somebody asking the difference between these two Spanish prepositions Por and Para. As you know, both words mean for in English, so the best way to differentiate between them is…

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Modos adverbiales con la preposición “a” Posted by on Jan 30, 2012

Los modos adverbiales son conjuntos de dos o más palabras que funcionan como adverbios. Vamos a aprender algunos de ellos. Desde luego no tiene que memorizarlos pero ponga atención en su significado e intente hacer frases con ellos. Si los encuentra en algún texto, vea como se usan. Para ayudarle, le doy la traducción en…

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Preposiciones: a, ante, bajo… Posted by on Nov 18, 2011

As in any other language, prepositions in Spanish can be a problem when learning the language. They can have the same meaning as in English, or not. A preposition is a  linking word used to introduce links to nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial…

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Perífrasis verbal: liarse a + infinitivo Posted by on Oct 10, 2011

Hi, everybody! Espero que estén todos bien. Today let’s take a look at the verb phrase liarse a followed by the infinitive in Spanish. This phrase expresses the beginning of an action where its timespan is not clearly perceived, because you basically do something and lose track of time. People usually use this perífrasis to…

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Perífrasis: dejar de Posted by on Aug 22, 2011

The periphrasis dejar de has several uses in Spanish. The first use shows the end of an action or habit. Dejé de fumar el año pasado. I stopped smoking last year. He dejado de asistir a clase por falta de tiempo. I stopped going to class for lack of time / because I didn’t have…

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Adverbial expressions Posted by on Jul 25, 2011

OK, so you already know that you form adverbs by adding the -mente ending to adjectives, but did you know that there are several expressions that serve as adverbs and don’t end in -mente? Let’s check out some of them. Nos sirvió a galope. He served us very fast. Los visita a menudo. He often…

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Tricky prepositions case: means of transportation Posted by on Jul 19, 2011

Hi, there! How have you been? I’m sure you’ve learned in your Spanish class or by studying by yourself that some means of transportation are used with certain prepositions, right? Let’s refresh your memory! en coche – by car en ómnibus/autobús – by bus en bicicleta – by bicycle en barco/navío – by ship en avión…

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