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Different meaning of the gerund "-ing" in Spanish

In our spanish school we have seen that the foreigners, when they learn Spanish have sometimes problems with the different meanings of the English gerund “-ing” translated into Spanish. In this article we want to explain to you the most uses this ending has in Spanish.

New manual to learn and to expalin Spanish syntax

Nominal or verbal syntagma, direct and indirect complements, subject and predicate... For many students and teachers the simple mention of these concepts represents a real desperation. The publishing company Edición Personal Edition has recently published the book Analizar es fácil, written by Patricia Rodriguez and Laia Benito. It is the first manual in the market to understand the Spanish syntax in a clear and concise form.

Country names in Spanish

Why are el and la used with the names of some countries and not others? Is there some way to know which one to use? In this article we want to explain you some reasons.

Uses of the letters «B / V»

In this article we are going to offer you the different rules to use the letters band v in Spanish, because it's usually a great confusion for the foreign students that learn Spanish as a foreign language. The following explanation has been extracted of the book Gramática Española de J. Alonso del Río.

Values of « SE » in Spanish

In this article we want to offer you a summary of the different uses of the particle se in the Spanish language, since we have seen frequently that our students have a constant difficulty with this when they are studying Spanish as a second language.

Comparatives

In this article we are going to explain you the different comparative forms in Spanish at a basic level, as well as its uses. It is very useful for the first conversations between a foreigner and a native. We always want to make comparisons with the customs and habits that there are in Spain, for example and the country of the foreigner.

Uses of the verbes SER / ESTAR

To make a difference between the uses of ser and estar for foreigners to learn Spanish is one of the most difficulty for them, because in most of the other languages they use almost always a same verb for both cases. In this article we want to offer you a small summary to understand better the main uses of these two verbs..

Pronouns Direct and Indirect Object

In this article we are going to speak about the characteristics and uses of the personal pronouns in case of Direct and Indirect Object without preposition.

Differences between « CONOCER, SABER , PODER »

These three verbs in Spanish induce to confusions since in other languages is used a same verb for the three meanings. In this article we are going to explain the meaning differences that there are between these verbs.

Temporal expressions with « HACER » and « DESDE »

The verb hacer, followed by temporal phrase, enters a type of impersonal constructions that indicate the point when the action took place or from as an action or a state lasts, in relation with a particular time or with the moment of the speech. This sequence can give two structures:

Uses « POR » and « PARA »

The prepositions por and para supposes one of the most difficulties for the most of the foreigners since in many other languages is used the same preposition for both cases. In this article we are going to offer you a small summary of the different functions that these two preposition have.

Prepositions

There are many verbs that habitually are accompanied of a concrete preposition. For example, we say confiar takes the preposition en.

Apocopated forms of the adjetives

Some adjectives (not only qualify adjectives) are apocopated in their singular masculine form, when they go before the noun. The most frequent are:

Articles «el» and «un»

Historical origin:
The forms and that combines with feminine words that begin by a or ha tonic are historically feminine, since it was Latin origin also feminine illam (> ell> el(a)), unam (> un(a)). Therefore, it is necessary to speak of forms, masculine ones el, un (el niño, un niño), and other ones feminine (el alma, un alma).