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Does the Spanish phrase “Ay Dios Mio” actually translate closer to the plural...

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wattersr | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM via web

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Does the Spanish phrase “Ay Dios Mio” actually translate closer to the plural meaning of “Gods”?  It sounds like it is literally saying “Oh My Gods”.  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a fairly interesting question.  The accepted translation of the term comes out to be "Oh, My God."  It is used in a moment of exclamation, something where one is challenged with the particulars of a moment or an instant. However, I think that in being able to articulate a concept of "Dios," there might be an appeal to something larger than oneself.  It is a phrase used in an instant where an individual calls out to the configuration of the divine.  The forms of saints, messengers, diviners, as well as any other extrapolation that represents "Dios." 

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sesnal | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM (Answer #2)

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"Dios mio" translates into "my God". The noun "dios" is singular, its plural being "dioses"; "mio" is also singular.

If you switch the word order, this phrase becomes "mi Dios" - which is also a very common exclamation, in fact I use either.

If you want to translate, for instance, the phrase "the Greek gods", you would then use the plural - "los dioses griegos". :)

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 8:24 AM (Answer #3)

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The word dios is singular. So oh my god is right

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM (Answer #4)

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"Ay Dios Mio" does, as previously stated, invoke "God" and should not be misunderstood simply because the word ends in an s. El Dios means God and is the masculine form -as indicated by "el." The plural is los dioses. Another singular Spanish word ending in the letter s is el paraguas, meaning an umbrella. The plural is los paraguas.  

Spanish words take on masculine and feminine forms, even for inanimate objects; unlike English, were a simple "the" would be the definite article and "a" or "an" the indefinite article. "It" would be the requisite pronoun or adjective (determiner) to describe the object. In Spanish, the equivalent pronoun for the word, it, being ello or ella, is most often omitted completely, not being required. A sentence such as "Donde esta la biblia?" meaning, "Where is the bible?" may be answered by a simple, "Esta aqui," meaning,"It is here." There is no word to represent the it.

Some feminine examples of Spanish words, keeping with the religious theme, are la iglesia meaning church and la fe, faith whereas masculine forms include el Papa being the Pope and el Cielo for heaven.     

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