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‘Había’ vs ‘hubo’

I arrived late to a friend’s party over the weekend. He asked me what had happened, and I spurted out a hasty “Había un problema” (“There was a problem”). He …

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‘Era’ vs ‘estaba’

A Mexican friend once told me about a hike he’d been on in Oaxaca. He said that a river he’d crossed “estaba bien profundo.” – “was very deep.”. Being a …

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‘La problema’ or ‘el problema’

Short answer – Although ‘problema’ (or ‘problem’ in English) ends with an ‘a’, it’s actually a masculine noun, so it should always be preceded by the masculine article ‘el’: ‘el …

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