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Common mistakes in Spanish – O

Otro

Due to influences from other languages, some commonly used expressions are un otro, una otra... In Spanish, un / una / unos / unas should never precede the word "otro" or its derivatives.

Example:
Déme otra cerveza. (Never: una otra cerveza)

Observar / ver

Do not confuse these two verbs. "Observar" has a more active connotation; it implies paying attention. Ver refers to the physical process of seeing regardless of whether or not the action involves interest or concentration.

Example:
Llevo toda la tarde observando al perro. Hoy hace cosas muy raras.
Cuanto más veo la televisión, menos me gusta.

O / U

The conjunction o changes to u when the word that follows it begins with the sound o (spelled with or without an h)

Example:
¿Quién te fusta Ana u Ofelia?
Uno u otro.

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