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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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What Are Auxiliary Verbs?

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.

RAE To Publish New Edition of Its Spanish Dictionary

Monday April 14, 2014

The Royal Spanish Academy (la Real Academia Española) will publish the 23rd edition of its authoritative dictionary in October, the RAE announced today.

Known as the DRAE or the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, the dictionary will fill 2,400 7-by-10-inch pages published in a single volume. A two-volume set also will be published for the Americas.

In its announcement, the RAE said the dictionary will have around 200,000 definitions, about 19,000 of them Americanisms.

The Spanish newspaper El País reported that among the changes coming in the new dictionary are the elimination of some sexist definitions, such as giving "weak" as a definition of "feminine" but "virile" as a definition of "masculine."

Among the new words in the dictionary will be many that have come from English, including dron (drone), precuela (prequel), cameo (cameo appearance), jonrón (home run) and serendipia (serendipitous event).

Presenting Presentar

Monday April 14, 2014
How many words can you think of that would translate the verb presentar? No surprise, "present" is one of them (in other words, presentar isn't a false friend). But our lesson on using presentar also gives nearly a dozen more.

Don't Pass on Pasar

Saturday April 12, 2014

Like the corresponding verb in English, "to pass," the Spanish verb pasar can be used in a variety of ways, usually to refer to some sort of motion in space or time. See our lesson on pasar for examples.

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