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Common mistakes in Spanish Words and Phrases

In all languages there are some words that lead to mistakes in writing or use due to their similarity in pronunciation. Since this problem also exists in Spanish, we have prepared a selection of 100 words that frequently present problems to help you improve your Spanish. Remember that you can also consult our data base of "Spanish Words" (word of the day) to expand your vocabulary.

El cólera / la cólera

El cólera is a masculine noun that refers to a contagious epidemic disease (cholera).
La cólera is a feminine noun that means anger, rage, irritation. (expression: "montar en cólera")

El cólera acabó con la vida de muchas personas.
Cuando ve las facturas de teléfono le embarga la cólera.

El sí

When "sí" is preceded by a determiner it is a noun. The plural is "síes".

La novia le dio el sí sin dudarlo.


EE.UU. is the correct form of the abbreviation for "Estados Unidos" de América in Spanish. The first letter of "Estados" is duplicated since it is plural, followed by the period of the abbreviation, and the "U" of "Unidos" is also duplicated, followed by the period of the abbreviation.

George Washington fue presidente de EE.UU.

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