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Many words in Spanish and English are similar, but similar words can have very different meanings, so be careful.
solo only; alone
puede he can, she can, it can, you(formal) can
pueden they can, you all(formal) can
poder to be able to, being able to; m. power
tiene he has, she has, it has, you(formal) have
tienen they have, you all(formal) have
tener to have, having
hace he does/makes, she does/makes, it does/makes, you(formal) do/make; ago
hacen they do/make, you all(formal) do/make
hacer to do, doing; to make, making
When 'solo' means 'only,' it has the same meaning as 'solamente.' This 'only' meaning of 'solo' used to be written with an accent: 'sólo.' The new rules for writing Spanish (Ortografía de la lengua española), published near the end of 2010, changed that. Some writers still insist on keeping the accent for the 'only' meaning of 'solo,' but most texts containing 'sólo' were written before 2011.
The other meaning of 'solo'the one traditionally written without an accentis 'alone.'
If you know that 'he/she/it/you(formal) talk(s)' is '(él/ella/usted) habla,' then adding an -s gives you '(tú) hablas' ['you(informal) talk'], and adding and -n gives you '(ellos/ellas/ustedes) hablan' ['they/you all(formal) talk']. This works for almost all verbs (except 'ser') and in almost all tenses (except preterite and command form). So, once you know how to say 'he eats' ('come'), for example, you also know how to say, informally, 'you eat' ('comes') and 'they eat' ('comen')!
querer es poder where there is a will, there is a way ('wanting to is being able to')
mejor solo que mal acompañado better to be alone than to be poorly accompanied
mi hermana puede hablar inglés my sister can speak English
ella tiene cinco años she is five years old ('she has five years')
tiene cuatro hermanos she has four brothers and sisters
para el desayuno hace panqués for breakfast she makes pancakes
tienen que estudiar para el examen they have to study for the test
tiene poderes mágicos it has magic powers
¿qué quieren hacer hoy? what do you all want to do today?
hace cincuenta años fifty years ago ('it makes fifty years')
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