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Common mistakes in Spanish – K

K: K, C vs. Z

Certain words in Spanish, such as caqui and quiosco, can often be seen spelled with a K. The Royal Spanish Language Academy recommends NOT using a K except with words of Greek or foreign origin such as kilogram (kilógramo in Chile), or its abbreviation kilo, or kilo used as a prefix. Although less common, these can all also be written with a Q: Quilogramo, quilógramo, quilo, quilo-.

Correct: Ayer me compré un kilo de caquis en un quiosco del mercado.
Incorrect: Ayer me compré un kilo de kakis en un kiosko del mercado.

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