Although "cover" and cubrir may not look alike, they come from the same Latin word and have similar but not identical meanings. Learn more about the connection between the two in our newest lesson, on cubrir and related words.
If you want to say "never" in Spanish, you have two simple ways to do so — nunca and jamás. That's pretty straightforward, but as our lesson on Spanish words for "never" explains, some other rules of grammar apply, such as the one sometimes requiring the use of a double negative.
If you were asked to come up with the most important facts about Spanish pronouns, what would you suggest? See my choices in the lesson "10 Facts About Spanish Pronouns."
This lesson is one in our "10 Facts" series designed to give an overview of key aspects of the Spanish language along with links to relevant lessons. Also in the series:
Have you ever noticed that while you'd say "I was at home" you might start a sentence with "If I were you"? That "were" is a rare use of the subjunctive mood in English.
You'd say the same thing word for word in Spanish, starting the sentence with "Si yo fuera tú." That fuera is an example of the imperfect subjunctive, the subject of our newest lesson. Although the subjunctive in a past tense is uncommon in English, it's vital to Spanish and not unusual at all.
The most common Spanish word used to translate the English preposition "to" is a. But a can also be used in quite a few others ways, meaning "by," "on" and various other prepositions as well. That's why our lesson on a focuses on how the word functions rather than how it is translated.
From a recent email:
In the recent lesson on querer one of the examples was: "One way or another, the boss was right. Como quiere que sea, el jefe tenía razón."Read More...
Is there a circumstance where tuvo could be used? For example, if I'm talking to someone about a decision the boss made last week, then I would use tuvo because the action is complete.
Saying that two teams in a game are even doesn't seem to have much with saying that two numbers are even or that paint is applied evenly. So of course different Spanish words would be used in explaining these concepts. It's all explained in our newest lesson, on translating "even" to Spanish.
Nouns in Spanish are either masculine or feminine (or rarely masculine and feminine). Even so, Spanish has use for the neuter gender, which is usually used to refer to ideas or concepts rather than people or specific objects. An example of the neuter gender can be found in this sentence: Entrar es fácil; lo difícil es salir (Entering is easy; the difficult thing is leaving). In that sentence, as our lesson on the neuter gender explains, lo difícil is in the neuter gender.