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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.

Saga

Although this word means "relato" (tale), "leyenda" (legend), it is sometimes incorrectly employed in
place of "linaje" or "familia".

Example:
Me gusta leer las sagas nórdicas.
La familia de Alba tiene un antiguo linaje.


Saludar

Should not be used in the sense of "receive with satisfaction".

Example:
El gobierno saludó las nuevas medidas económicas de la Unión Europea. This is incorrect.
We should say: El gobierno acogió con satisfacción las nuevas medidas económicas.


Salvar

We should not use this verb to express the English meaning of "grabar" (record, save).

Example:
He perdido los datos porque el ordenador no los salvó. Incorrect. We should say: "... no los
grabó".


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