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changing person verb tenses en a sentence

"todos se quedan callados y ponemos caras" Interesting. Is Spanish "loose" in this sense? I would have expected one of the following: - todos se quedan callados y ponen caras" - todos (nosotros) nos quedamos callados y ponemos caras" Thanks.

4 replies - Last post by Patrice-B - March 7, 2014

Use of "en" versus "con" in a sentence

One of your sentences in MegaCards Beginners is: Tengo un problema en la mano derecha. Why is "en" used instead of "con" in this sentence? If this simply a language usage difference, how do I know when to use "en" or "con"?

9 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - February 12, 2014

Quizlet

I was looking for a good flashcard program with which to study verbs and found Quizlet. It seems better than others I have used. Just wondered if anyone else has used it?

2 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 10, 2014

spanish nouns

in spanish all nouns are either maculine or femenine so it was wondering how a door could be femenine

13 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - February 7, 2014

using the word, vaya

why do you use, vaya, when you say, vaya una cuadra

11 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - February 5, 2014

the vs. some

how do you say the pencils how do you say some pencils

5 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - February 5, 2014

de quién y cuyo

¿De quiénes son los sombreros que están en la mesa? ¿Cuyos sombreros están sobre la mesa? Are both sentences correct? If so, which sentence would I be more likely to hear?

2 replies - Last post by diranu - January 29, 2014

Lesson on Direct and Indirect Pronouns

I don't understand why there seems to be an extra "le" or "les" in sentences such as Jorge le pide los libros a Carla. Which is translated as George asks Carla for the books. Les explicamos los chistes a Uds. We explain the jokes to you.

13 replies - Last post by diranu - January 19, 2014

personal a

I am confused about which verbs you should use the personal a with. I know it is for people or for objects for which personal feelings are felt but with certain verbs it seems incorrect when I check myself. For example, should I say "Busco Pedro" or "Busc...

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - January 13, 2014

solo vs sólo

"No se puede aprender un lenguaje por solo libros" was the given answer. If the sense is "solamente", isn't it "sólo"?

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - December 9, 2013

Reflexive Verbs

I'm a little confused. My understanding of when to use the reflexive verb is like when a person is doing something to themselves, as in - "Me despierto." Why then is the reflexive verb used in a sentence like - "I brush the little girl's hair." = "M...

3 replies - Last post by diranu - December 9, 2013

The use of tu

What is the difference between Como estas? and Como estas tu?

11 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - December 7, 2013

valle or balle?

I continually here spanish speakers on certain audios on the internet saying what sounds like "valle" or "balle" ( phonetic = valley) when they are in agreement during a conversation. I cannot find the meaning in any dictionary. Maybe it is my hearing....

2 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - December 7, 2013

Sentir

Ok. Everyone is posting on Facebook their messages Then putting "se siente Feliz" or "se siente sola" ?? I don't understand? If they see referring to oneself shouldn't it be "me siento Feliz" or "me siento sola"???

6 replies - Last post by victoria-rocket-spanish-tutor - November 27, 2013

accent marks

How can you type Spanish accent marks, like the upside down " ?" or the wavy line over the "n"? Thank you.

4 replies - Last post by victoria-rocket-spanish-tutor - November 27, 2013

The future tense

I have asked twice before about the presentation of the future tense in Lesson 13.1 The Wedding. I think it is presented incorrrectly, in terms of the ending for the first person singular, but I haven't heard back from anybody to confirm or dispute this ...

1 reply - Last post by victoria-rocket-spanish-tutor - November 27, 2013

espero terminar & no vamos a terminar - Why is "a" there

In Lesson 2.5 there are two examples of forming questions with 2 verbs. Espero terminar pronto & no vamos a terminar pronto. In the second sentence why is there an "a" after vamos, where there isn't one after espero in the first sentence. Is this s...

3 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - October 31, 2013

How do we know when to use "mi" with accent and "mi" without accent?

I am a little bit confused when it comes to the accents, when should I use the "mi" with accent and when I should keep it normal. Thank you

3 replies - Last post by jieyu - October 19, 2013

Getting Back Up to Speed After a Break

Hello Everyone, I started learning Spanish around 6 months ago, but I had to take a 3+ month break in the middle due to real life time constraints (law school finals, bar exam prep, post-bar vacation, etc). Anyway, I am back and ready to dive back into ...

4 replies - Last post by Patrice-B - September 4, 2013

WE HAVEN'T FED THE CROCODILES TODAY

Hola amigos I have a question related to several sentences that I came across recently in a Spanish lesson on the subject of wild animals. Here are a few examples. No hemos alimentado a los cocodrilos hoy. No hemos visto a los elefantes esta tarde. Los...

4 replies - Last post by oscar-lake - August 25, 2013

IS THIS A REAL SPANISH TENSE?

Hola amigos Can anyone tell me if the following three sentences employ a valid Spanish construction. He estado leyendo muchos libros interesantes. Mi hermano ha estado comprando demasiada ropa. Hemos estado buscando nuestro diccionario. I have not been...

1 reply - Last post by oscar-lake - August 21, 2013

Verbs - infinitives

In the lesson I am working on the phrase " Me puso triste" is used. I have not come across "puso " before and would like a way of finding out what is the infinitive and how it is conjugated in both the present and past tense. Is there somewhere on this ...

4 replies - Last post by jchamb - July 27, 2013

hacer compras and ir de compras?

What's the difference between hacer compras and ir de compras?

3 replies - Last post by Natalia-T - July 17, 2013

vienes vs. viene when using the 'you' conjugation?

I never know when to use the 'es' or the 'e' conjugation when addressing someone in the 'you' form. For example, vienes aqui or viene aqui. Both mean come here. Muchas gracias.

4 replies - Last post by De-Oppresso-Liber - July 12, 2013

Reflexive

Tengo una pregunta. Por favor Ayúdame :) Cual Es significa "me siento estupenda" y " se siento estupenda"? Por que mi amigo en Facebook escribió"se siento solo?" En vez de "me siento solo?"

15 replies - Last post by Patrice-B - July 9, 2013

Learning ENGLISH Online

Some of my Spanish-speaking penpals want to know of sites to learn English. A friend in Argentina sent me this link. It looks pretty good for teaching English to Spanish speakers. Here is the link: __http://www.ompersonal.com....

7 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - July 3, 2013

¿Cómo estás tú? vs. ¿Cómo estás?

What's the difference between using "¿Cómo estás tú?" and "¿Cómo estás?"

3 replies - Last post by jchamb - June 25, 2013

modifiers

a NEW t-shirt: una camiseta NUEVA the FIRST lesson: la PRIMERA leccion When does the modifier go before the noun?

2 replies - Last post by Patrice-B - June 25, 2013

is there a correct way to spell spanish?

Is there a trick to spelling Spanish?

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - June 20, 2013

soy vs estoy

What determines the use of soy instead of estoy?

4 replies - Last post by jchamb - June 14, 2013

Verbarator rocket Spanish

I'm having difficulty with proper sentence structure as it relates to verbs. Do you recommend any kind of additional help from Rocket? Do you recommend a separate service like the Verbarator? I love the process of Rocket Spanish and the steps to followi...

6 replies - Last post by sharon--2 - June 2, 2013

Need Some Learning Advice

Hello all, I have not been very active the last 1 month or so due to my last set of law school finals. In addition, I won't have much time for learning Spanish for the next two months as I will be spending most of my time preparing for the bar examinati...

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - May 25, 2013

Direct object pronouns

Hi all, Have a question in relation to lesson 4.4 and would be most grateful for some help. In this lesson, the following sentence is used: "Nos especializamos en la carne de res." I don't understand why "Nos" is necessary? The sentence is "We special...

3 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - May 24, 2013

11.2 Pensé tener

Pensé tener buena suerte,pero no Why the infinitive of tener? Shouldn't it be the conditional form ?

3 replies - Last post by jchamb - May 22, 2013

Need help with simple & Continuous Future,Past Continuous

Hola! Can someone pl help me with the Simple & Continuous Future,Past Continuous. I would like to understand the usage of these tenses along with the Singular & Plural Subjects. Ex- I will do You will do He/She will do....so on... :)

3 replies - Last post by sharon--2 - May 10, 2013

can you give me few examples of superlative whilst talking about holidays

can you give me few examples of superlative whilst talking about holidays, pls

2 replies - Last post by Patrice-B - May 9, 2013

Por vs. Para. How can I tell when to use them?

I often get confused between "por" and "para." How do I know which to use? How can I tell? Can anyone explain this to me and give examples? They both mean "for," correct? ¡Necesito ayuda! Gracias.

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - May 1, 2013

When to use a

I do not understand the rules for using the "a" In lesson 2>2 (Weekend plans) They use the following . Voy manana No voy en bus Then they use voy a nadir voy a la playa Why isn't the "a" used after the Ir verb in the frist first two sentences.

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - May 1, 2013

spanish verb list

where can I find a list of verb tenses on Rocket Spanish? Thanks,

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - May 1, 2013

verbs

This is starting to look hopeless. Started the preterit lesson but when I go to my dictionary I see that between indicative, subjunctive, imperative, perfect, and perfect subjunctive (and I don't really know what any of these mean) there are well over 100...

17 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - May 1, 2013

"Son estas" [lesson 3.4]

Hi all, One thing I can't get my head round in lesson 3.4 - the phrase "Son estas" in the sentence ¿Son estas maletas suyas?. When "Es" is used (i.e. formal You are, he is, she is), I always take it to also mean "It is" (i.e. Es muy largo in one of the ...

5 replies - Last post by jchamb - April 25, 2013

por vs para

¿ para cuántas personas¿ ¿ por cuántos días ¿ Why not use the same "para" or 'pro" for both sentences

5 replies - Last post by tosh72 - April 24, 2013

What is the difference

What is the difference between Pido (vb. Pedir) meaning to ask, and Puedo (vb. Poder) Gracias

4 replies - Last post by De-Oppresso-Liber - April 5, 2013

Use of the definite article

Can someone explain, please, what seems to me like a very arbitrary use of the definite article in Spanish. For example, in 12.3, entitled Chilean Literature, it says..." En mi familia, la literatura chilena...." meaning, " In my family, Chilean literatur...

4 replies - Last post by Reynaldo-- - April 2, 2013

hate and love

how do you say i love and hate cat and dogs

9 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - March 20, 2013

El verbo disfrutar

En leccion 18.3; ¿Porque Alejandra utiliza el verbo disfrutar sin la preposición de? Por ejemplo, "Todo el mundo disfruta reventar la piñata." ¡Muchas gracias por su ayuda!

5 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - March 20, 2013

Word Order

Hola Chicos, I'm in unit one now and I'm progressing along well. I was wondering, what the word order is. I find that I get all the words but not necessarily the word order. Any suggestions?

4 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - March 20, 2013

SER versus ESTAR

I found another reference for Ser vs. Estar: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~annw/ser-estar.html To quote that page: "En (and in a few cases, a,) is most often used to describe a location or condition, and the linker is usually estar. The except...

7 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - March 20, 2013

Dejar or salir- Which to use when?

When should you use dejar as opposed to salir when taking about "leaving" John

2 replies - Last post by John-H11 - March 15, 2013

rehersal self tests

when I click on rehersal self test, it takes me to quiz 1.13.1. This is quite advanced for where I am in my lessons. Are there quized for less advanced sections?

2 replies - Last post by Random1 - February 26, 2013

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