Prepositions of Time at/on/in

Many Spanish people are translating incorrectly.

For example:

El viernes-  The friday 

We need to remember that we cannot translate literally all the time.

We need to think that in specific day/date, we need to use ON. Examples: on Monday, on Friday, on my birthday, on easter Sunday, etc.

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considerate

The root word is consider which is a verb .

Spanish people often say I am considerating  when they should say I am considering.

Considerate is an adjective  in English which means atento  o considerado.

Example: Thank you, you are very considerate.

 

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Gato con guantes no caza ratones

A cat with mittens can’t hunt mice.

This phrase means that to do a task properly, we must forgo refinements. One can’t knead dough without getting one’s hands into the thick of it.

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company

We’ve heard so many people in Spain saying enterprise when they mean company because they’re thinking of empresa.

An established commercial organisation is a company, not an enterprise.

However, we use enterprise in English for Spanish empresa when it refers to iniciativa.

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USOS DE INFINITIVO (Uses of Infinitive)

Remember that infinitives in English often have to  in front of them. 

1. are used after verbs like WANT, TRY, NEED, ETC.

2. after adjectives ( It’s important (adjective) to tell the truth.)

3. as reason (I went to England- Why? Reason– to learn English)

 

Necesito comprar unos zapatos.  I need to buy some shoes. NOT I need buy some shoes.

Es importante decir las verdad.  It’s important to tell the truth. NOT It’s important tell the truth.

No sé adónde ir.  I don’t know where ...

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bear

Bear    (noun)- is a big wild animal that lives in the mountains (un oso)

bear-bore-born  (verb)- means carry BUT it’s only used in certain special cases.

EXAMPLES:

bearer cheque- is one made to the person who carries it, el portador

You can say:

I can’t bear with this pain. (to tolerate- soportar)

To bear a child (dar a luz) – is where most Spanish people make mistakes as the way to say nacer is passive in English. Montse was born in 1984.

Queen Anne ...

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quedar as verb-to-be

Ser and estar are both be in English.

But I always heard Spanish people using “stay” for “estar

Estar– is not stay that is quedar or permanecer

Example:

Se quedaron en casa – They stayed at home.

But quedar can be BE as well. Example: He quedado embarazada. She got pregnant or She’s pregnant.

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battery

In English, battery corresponds to both pila and batería.

 

  • batteries (AA) that you use in a remote control for a TV and in other small things
  • small battery in your watch or in a clock that is like a thick coin
  • battery of your car

 

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Quien mucho abarca poco aprieta

He who takes too much upon himself can’t do justice to all of his assumed duties.

This saying refers to a person who doesn’t do any of the tasks he tried to carry at the same time.

Abarcar- “to encompass”

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