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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.

Hacha

Feminine noun, though it is preceded by the article "el". In the plural,use "las" and the indefinite articles "una" and "unas".

Example:
Compró el hacha demasiado grande.
Tiene en casa unas hachas enormes.


Hay

The verb "hay" is never followed by the determiners "el", "la", "los", "las", but rather by the indefinite articles: "un", "una", "unos", "unas" or by numerical determiners: "dos", "tres"…

Example:
Incorrect: * Hay el coche rojo en la calle.
Hay un (dos...) coche rojo en la calle.


Hecho / echo

Hecho: Participle of the verb "hacer".
Echo: First person of the present indicative of the verb "echar":

Example:
Ese ejercicio ya lo he hecho.
Yo echo azúcar en el café.


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