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Are you guilty of pleonasms?

Many English people are guilty of pleonasms (culpable de pleonasmos).…

Is that cricket?

“Cricket” (críquet) you may know. It is an English game,…
inch

"Inch"

An inch (pulgada) is a British measurement which is the same…

Bell

“Bell” you may know. There are church bells (campanas),…

Do you have a knack for something?

A “knack” could be a skill, a mannerism (manierismo), or…

Chicken ?

“Chicken” you may well know. The word is used in some interesting…

Ought to

“Ought” is a modal verb, and it has the same meaning as “should”.…

New Year Resolutions?

It is an English custom or habit to “make New Year resolutions”…
Thereby

Thereby

“Thereby” is an adverb and it is similar to “de ese modo”…
Grasp the nettle

Grasp the nettle!

“Nettle” (ortiga) you may know. If you touch, hold or grasp…
frost

Frost

“Frost” (escarcha) you may know, especially if you have been…
pluck

Pluck

“Pluck” is a noun, and it means courage (valentía, coraje).…
The “backstop” and Brexit

The “backstop” and Brexit

You will be aware of “Brexit”, the name given to the process…
Stock and stocks

Stock and stocks

“Stock” is a noun, verb and an adjective. Let´s look at…
are-you-in-the-pink

Are you in the pink?

“Pink” (el color rosa) you may know. Here the interest is…

Are you a wag?

“Wag” (sacudir, mover, menear) is a verb you may know. Some…

What a nuisance you are!

Joking (bromeando) of course! A nuisance is something that bothers…

Do you potter around?

Perhaps, sometimes? To “potter” means to do somethings in…
whatever

Whatever

“Whatever” has different meanings depending (dependiendo…
Tasty and tasteful

Tasty and tasteful

Food and drink can be tasty (sabrosa), or not. So you can have…
bananas

Bananas

There is more to bananas (la palabra tiene más significados)…

Have you ever upstaged someone?

Perhaps. “Stage” (escenario, estrado, una etapa) you may…

"Advice" and "Advise"

These two words are sometimes confused. “Advice” is a noun,…
cook

Cook

“Cook” you will know. A cook is a person that works in a…
Adjectives and confusion

Adjectives and confusion

Be careful with adjectives. They are important to provide useful…
May and Can

May and Can

Errors abound (abundan) with these two words. Their uses are…
Bones

Bones

“Bone” (hueso, espina) and “bones” you may understand.…
blonde or blonde

Blond or Blonde?

In English a man is “blond” (rubio) and a lady is “blonde”.…
wind

"Wind"

“Wind” (viento) you will know. Here the focus is on some…

Each and every

These two words are often very similar and a source (fuente de)…

“It is him”

There was an article by a well-known (muy conocido) English writer,…

Do you know your onions?

The word “onion” (cebolla) you may know. You may have eaten…
Heat

Heat

“Heat” (calor) you may know. There is a phrasal verb “heat…
Do you pour cold water?

Do you pour cold water?

“Water” you know, and perhaps “pour” (verter, servir)…
A-cup-of-tea-?

A cup of tea ?

English people like to drink tea (té), and sometimes, in the…

Are you a juggler?

Probably. A juggler (malabarista) works in a circus (circo).…
three o more options

Do you have three alternatives?

No is the simple answer. “Alternative” comes from Latin and…

To call a spade a spade

The word “spade (pala) you may know. But how do you “call…
are-you-a-layman

Are you a layman?

Are you a layman? Probably. “Layman” has two meanings.…

Do you make blunders?

I hope not. Some people make or commit blunders. Politicians…
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