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Principal Translations
es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (introducción de explicación)it's just that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  the thing is exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 
Additional Translations
el chiste es que se haga algo exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (la cuestión es que se actúe)the point is to do [sth] about it exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
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Compound Forms:
¿Cómo es que…? exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (¿Por qué?)how is it that...? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
antes que luz es carbón  (literal)before light is coal v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Todo, como el diamante, antes de luz es carbón.
así es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (así pues)so conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that."
 * Susan came to class late every day, so the principal called her parents.
el asunto es que… exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo que sucede es que...)the thing is… exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 * I want to invite Michael to the party, but the thing is that he always starts a fight.
el chiste es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). AmL (la cuestión es que)the main thing is that [+ verb] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
Note: Se construye con subjuntivo.
 Usa el método que quieras, el chiste es que llegues al resultado correcto.
el tema es que… exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (la cuestión es que...)the thing is that… v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  the fact is that... v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  the point is that... v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
la cosa es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). coloquial (la cuestión es que)the thing is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
la pena es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo malo es que) (dated)it's a pity, it's a shame exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (colloquial)too bad exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
la realidad es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (la verdad es que)in fact, in reality exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  the reality is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  the truth of the matter is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  the truth is exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
la triste realidad es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (la triste situación es que)the sad reality is exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  the sad truth is exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
lo cierto es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (la verdad es que)the fact is that, the truth is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
lo fuerte es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo grave es que)the serious part is that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  the striking thing is that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
lo importante es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo que importa es que)what is important is that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  what matters is that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  the important thing is v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
lo más probable es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (hay mucha probabilidad de que)the odds are that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  it is more than likely that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 * The odds are that Richard left without saying a word.
lo mejor es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo más bueno es que)the best part is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
lo otro es que loc prnllocución pronominal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como pronombre ("alguno que otro", "con quien", "el que"). (otra cosa)aside from that, apart from that advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Puedes ignorarlo, es cierto, pero lo otro es que le reclames directamente.
lo que está claro es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo evidente es que)It is clear that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  what is clear is exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  evidently advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
lo que pasa es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (lo que sucede es que)what's happening is that, what's going on is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  the thing is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
si es que so, although
si es que los hay exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (hay cada uno que...)if there are any exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  if any exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
tampoco es que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (no quiero decir que)it's not the case that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  neither is it that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
y el caso es que and the thing is that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
y es que and the thing is
y es que parece ser que and it seems that
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