They're technically semantically different. Regulations are systems of rules based on trends.
why is it not "a las reglas"? I believe "She follows her brother" would be "ella sigue a su hermano". Is it different with people than it is with things like rules?
All people and animals that you have a special attachment to (like pets), have a "personal a", when they are the direct objects of the sentence, which is not translatable into English. I hope that helps you.
Why is "reglas" listed under Objects skill? The only reason I can think of is it being considered as a "document of rules"
Regla is ruler in the sense of a measuring device. Not a person who rules / governs.
I can imagine people following kings and queens, but perhaps not measuring devices. Not unless they were very advanced, anyhow. /grin
because "reglas" "rules" is not the same as "gobernantes" "rulers".
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The verb sounds completely different in its normal and slow speeds. Spoken normally it sounds like "siga".
Regla can mean ruler as well correct? Does that mean the measuring device, or the rulers of a country (King/Queen) etc., or both?
Both, and much more.
Del lat. regŭla.
- f. Instrumento rígido y de forma rectangular que sirve para trazar líneas rectas, o para medir la distancia entre dos puntos.
rectangular rigid instrument for drawing straight lines or measuring distance between two points .
- f. Aquello que ha de cumplirse por estar convenido en una colectividad.
That which must be fulfilled to be agreed in a community .
- f. Conjunto de preceptos fundamentales que debe observar una orden religiosa.
Set of fundamental rules that must observe a religious order.
- f. Modo establecido de ejecutar algo.
Mode set to run something.
- f. Método de hacer una operación matemática.
Method of making a mathematical operation.
- f. En las ciencias o artes, precepto, principio o máxima.
In the sciences or arts , precept , principle or maxim.
- f. En sentido moral, razón a que han de ajustarse las decisiones y las acciones.
In moral sense , reason to have to adjust decisions and actions.
- f. En sentido moral, moderación, templanza, medida.
In moral sense , moderation, temperance, measure.
- f. Manera uniforme y previsible en que se manifiestan los fenómenos naturales.
uniform and predictable manner in which natural phenomena are manifested .
- f. Menstruación de la mujer.
Menstruation of women.
The question was whether regla could refer to ruler, as in the person who rules (king, queen) etc. None of the definitions you gave provide that meaning. And, no, I don't think that the person who rules is one of the definitions of regla.
I believe because it comes from the root word seguir which is to follow.