14 Answered Questions for the topic etimología


What is the etymology of the pronoun "usted"? What formal pronouns existed before?

What is the etymology of the pronoun "usted"? What formal pronouns existed before, and when did the current "usted" come into existence?


Origin of contigo and similar "contractions"?

What's the history of the words *contigo*, *conmigo*, etc?They're treated like contractions for *con ti* and *con mi*, respectively, but they actually make the word _longer_ rather than shorter, as... more


The letter "k" in Spanish?

The letter "k" is rarely seen in Spanish. What is the origin of Spanish words containing a *k*? Are most recent loanwords from modern languages, influences from older languages (Latin or Greek), or... more


How did the syntactical strucutre “me gusta” come to be in Spanish? It seems to be different from its Latin root and other Romance languages?

In Spanish there is the structure "Me gusta" where "Me" is the *object*. But in other Romance languages such as Portuguese "Eu gosto (de isso)" or French "Je goûterai le soir bleu", "eu" and "je"... more


Why is "Santiago" the equivalent of "James"?

Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as:- Juan → John- Pedro → Peter- Maria → MaryBut what's up with this one?- Santiago → JamesWhat's the connection? How do the... more


What's the origin of words ending in the letter "j"?

- What's the origin/etymology of these words? The only one that I know and it is common is `reloj`. - Are there any others recognized by the RAE?


Why "buenas noches" when it's only one night?

Why do we say *buenas noches* and *buenas tardes* when they refer to only one night/afternoon?----------¿Por qué se dice "buenas noches" y "buenas tardes" cuando se refieren solo a una... more


How come the subject is omitted in Spanish?

You can find hundreds of sources where they say that the subject can be dropped if it doesn't add any additional information. As "voy" is the 1st person singular conjugation of "ir", you know that... more


Why is "Usted" grammatically a third person?

In English polite form of address is "You" which is second person singular and plural. In Russian it is "Вы" which is plural second person. In Spanish (and probably French and Italian) polite... more


Difference between -iera and -iese ending of the imperfect subjunctive?

There are two forms of the imperfect subjunctve in use, for example, pudiera, pudieras, pudiera, pudiéramos, pudierais, pudieranand pudiese, pudieses, pudiese, pudiésemos, pudieseis,... more


How did "asistir" and "atender" become opposite of their cognates in English?

Atender is translated as *to assist* in Spanish, while "asistir" is translated as "to attend". These words seem to be cognates of each other, but have opposite meanings when translated. How did... more


Why are Spanish adverbs formed using the feminine?

To form adverbs in Spanish, you take your chosen adjective, e.g. **lent@** - *slow*, turn it into the feminine form, **lenta**, then add *-mente*, ***lentamente*** - *slowly*.Why do you use the... more


Where did "pico de gallo" get its name?

Does *pico de gallo* (the type of salsa) literally translate as "rooster's beak"? If so, where did it get that name, and how does that describe the salsa?


Why is "la Gestapo" feminine?

Why is the word *Gestapo* feminine? Almost all other (non-abbreviated) loanwords I can think of ending in *-o* have been absorbed as masculine. Is it because it is [associated... more

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