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Mastering the Pronoun

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Spanish has dozens of pronouns in at least 10 categories — and some of them fulfill multiple roles.

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Mastering the Comma

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Commas may be the most challenging of all types of punctuation, and that's true in both English and Spanish. Fortunately, as our lesson on commas explains, the use of the punctuation mark is similar in the two languages. It's easy to think of the comma as merely something used to indicate vocal pauses, but it's much more than that — it's used to clarify and help turn what might be a jumbled mess of words into something understandable.

Here's a Verb Form Playing the Role of a Noun

Monday April 21, 2014

A past participle is a verb form that functions as an adjective. In Spanish, it is very common for an adjective to become a noun simply by putting a word such as el or las in front of it. So can the participle become a noun that way?

Absolutely! Two examples are given in the newest lesson of my Real Spanish Grammar series, on participles as nouns. As with others in the series, you'll get the most out of the lesson if you try translating the sample sentence on your own before proceeding.

¡Feliz Pascua de Resurrección!

Sunday April 20, 2014

"¡Feliz Pascua!," meaning "Happy Easter!" is a phrase you'd probably say today if you were in a Spanish-speaking area. Perhaps surprisingly, though, the word Pascua isn't used only to refer to Easter, as explained in our new feature on the meanings of Pascua.

In much of the Spanish-speaking world, Easter can surpass Christmas as a time of celebration and religious observance. If you're celebrating Easter today, you may want to take a look at these two features:

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Q.E.P.D., Gabriel García Márquez

Friday April 18, 2014

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate in literature from Colombia best known as the author of Cien años de soledad, died Thursday. Here are some articles and features in Spanish and English from the About.com network with more about him:

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