cómo se llama

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cómo se llama(
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yah
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used in relation to someone; in statements; third person singular)
a. what his name is
No sé cómo se llama, solo lo conozco de vista.I don't know what his name is. I only know him by sight.
b. what her name is
No me acuerdo de cómo se llama. ¿Rosa quizá?I can't recall what her name is. Rosa maybe?
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me pregunto cómo se llama el primo de María. Es muy guapo.I wonder what Maria's cousin's name is. He's very handsome.
Si sabes cómo se llama esa señora, podemos buscar su número de teléfono en la guía.If you know that lady's name, we can look her phone number up in the directory.
2. (used in relation to something; in statements; third person singular)
a. what it's called
Si vamos a la tienda de electrodomésticos a comprar ese aparato, necesitamos saber cómo se llama.If we're going to the appliance store to buy that device, we need to now what it's called.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Le preguntaré al informático cómo se llama ese programa.I'll ask the computer specialist what that program is called.
Cuando sepa cómo se llama ese tipo de lana, te lo digo.When I find out what that kind of wool is called, I'll let you know.
3.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(in statements; second person singular)
a. what your name is
Lo siento, sé que nos presentaron, pero no recuerdo cómo se llama. - Me llamo Ana.I'm sorry. I know we were introduced, but I can't remember what your name is. - My name is Ana.
4. (used in relation to someone; in questions; third person singular)
a. what's his name
Seguro que conoces a su novio, fue a la escuela contigo. - ¿Y cómo se llama?I'm sure you know her boyfriend. He went to school with you. - And what's his name?
b. what's her name
No se llama Matilde - ¿Cómo se llama entonces?Her name isn't Matilde. - What's her name then?
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Cómo se llama la profesora de español? - Lola.What's the Spanish teacher's name? - Lola.
¿Cómo se llama tu padre? ¿Se llama igual que tú?What's your father's name? Is it the same as yours?
5. (used in relation to something; in questions; third person singular)
a. what's it called
Si no se llama así, ¿cómo se llama?If it's not called that, what's it called?
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Luisa, ¿cómo se llama ese concurso que tú ves en la tele?Luisa, what's that quiz you watch on TV called?
¿Cómo se llama esa planta de ahí? - Ficus.What's that plant over there called? - Rubber plant.
6.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(in questions; second person singular)
a. what's your name
¿Cómo se llama si no es Victoria? - Me llamo Virginia.What's your name if it's not Victoria? - My name is Virginia.
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