None of the immediate context enables one to say whether the South Tangier refugee relief committee was anxious to grasp Helena Maleno’s breasts à la Egyptienne because they read her as a Spanish prostitute (adjective española classifies noun puta (restrictive)), or as a fucking Spaniard (adjective puta describes more fully the noun española (non-restrictive)):
Perhaps two contrasting groups of suitably clad and trained empirical sociologists could be sent to Boukhalef; maybe Twitter-mining would provide answers.
I also recall meeting with this difficulty in other Romance languages – for example, in Romanian. Perhaps this explains why you will never meet with Bucharest ladies in Tangier suburbs, although I’m told they’re quite popular in regal Rabat.
Speaking in Saturday-morning self-pitying mode, I’d say that we anglocabrones are actually worse off: unlike in Spanish, we cannot rely on word order to indicate whether an adjective is restrictive or not; and we also suffer dreadfully from noun adjuncts (often leading to compulsive stacking) – will your Latin lover’s talk lead to walk or chalk?
But my English grandma is a vague and distant memory, and I still retain a vague and distant hope that someone will clarify some of the confusion posted here.
- Worst ever Spanish covers of English-language songs?
I haven’t talked to any of the perpetrators, but I have little doubt that the principal cause of what we regard
- Sex and the internet in Spanish
Here’s a curious little corpse-worm: Curious for me, because I thought that the arrival in Hispanidad of services provided over
- Firts Certificate
Lenox is always moaning about Spanish entities that could ask foreigners for language tips but choose not to. English School Casal
- The Royal Spanish Academy: patronising lardy-arsed suits pigging your tax euro?
The local branch of the Canute Society is campaigning against the (incorrect and correct) use of English in advertising: The RAE “no
- Transformative translation: Schloss
We’re all fucked in the end -the reward for life is death- but meanwhile the profession would be greatly improved if