What's the difference between "antiguo" and "viejo"?
I was wondering what the difference is between "antiguas" and "veijos" was. They both seem to mean old, but when do I know what to use each one?
I would say that "antiguo" is used form something antique or ancient, and "viejo" to mean old.
The adjective "Viejo" used after a noun would mean "old" as used up. "Un perro viejo" = An old dog. However, if you use it before the noun it means something different -- "Un viejo amigo" = An old friend (long-time friend).
An example of the difference in "viejo" and "antiguo" is:
Una casa antigua = a old-fashioned, vintage house Una casa vieja = an old house (used up)
You don't really use the word "viejo" for people (unless it's a nickname) because it's sort of rude. If you want to say that someone is "old-fashioned" you'd use "antigua" such as:
"Su tío es un antiguo" = Her uncle is very old-fashioned
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