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.
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:
(Note: Opening comments below are from an earlier version of this post.)
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:
Wednesday April 16, 2014
Verbs that don't stand alone, ones that need another verb to function, are known as auxiliary verbs
. For example, the he
in "he hablado
" is an example of an auxiliary verb. Haber
, a verb whose forms include the he
in the sentence above, is the most common auxiliary verb in Spanish.