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Very Interesting Article on English-Español "False Friends"

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3 years ago

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MeredithNa
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One of my least favourite is "acutalmente". No, it doesn't mean "actually" Meredith, it means "currently". "Realmente" means "actually" and "really" at the same time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jakethompson1

Reminds me of what you might call "internal false friends" within the same language, e.g. inflammable and flammable in English both mean the same thing. Not to mention "billion" in different countries and times can mean a thousand million or a million million.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
SimoneBa
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And also pitted, e.g. as in "pitted plums or olives". Do they or do they not have pits??? ;-)

3 years ago

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They don't have pits. (So far, I think that's still the only meaning. It could change someday.) Try to remember that "pitted" is like "peeled." A peeled plum has no peel, and a pitted plum has no pit, because the peel or pit was removed.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
SimoneBa
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True, true.... but for some reason, the pit thing has always confused me ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DyedBison
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Oh, it drove me nuts for years!

3 years ago