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"Bad" is an adjective which is often translated as "malo", and "poor" is an adjective which is often translated as "pobre". Learn more about the difference between "bad" and "poor" below.
bad(
bahd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of poor quality)
a. malo
I can't believe I wasted my time on such a bad movie!¡No puedo creer que perdí mi tiempo viendo una película tan mala!
2. (harmful)
a. malo
Drinking alcohol is bad for your health.Beber alcohol es malo para tu salud.
3. (unpleasant)
a. malo
I had a bad day at work today.Hoy tuve un día malo en el trabajo.
4. (unfavorable)
a. malo
I'm afraid this is a bad time, come back later.Me temo que este es un mal momento, vuelva luego.
5. (wicked)
a. malo
That boyfriend of yours was a bad person.Aquel novio tuyo era una mala persona.
6. (severe)
a. fuerte
I had such a bad headache that I had to stay at home.Tenía un dolor de cabeza tan fuerte que tuve que quedarme en casa.
b. grave
He was shot, and his wound is bad.Le dispararon y la herida es grave.
7. (rotten)
a. podrido
Don't eat that tomato, it's gone bad.No te comas ese tomate, está podrido.
8. (guilty)
a. mal
I feel bad for not having remembered our wedding anniversary.Me siento mal por no haberme acordado de nuestro aniversario de boda.
9. (afflicted)
a. malo
My dad has a bad back and cannot lift heavy objects.Mi papá tiene la espalda mala y no puede levantar objetos pesados.
10. (finance)
a. sin fondos
I knew it was a bad check when it was returned by the bank.Supe que era un cheque sin fondos cuando el banco me lo devolvió.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (evil)
a. lo malo
You have to take the bad with the good in this situation.Tienes que aceptar lo bueno y lo malo en esta situación.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(for emphasis)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I love you so bad that it hurts.Te quiero tanto que duele.
It's so hot out. I need some water real bad.Hace tanto calor afuera. Estoy desesperado por un poco de agua.
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poor(
poor
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not rich)
a. pobre
She grew up in a poor family in Alabama.Se crió en Alabama en el seno de una familia pobre.
2. (unfortunate)
a. pobre
The poor girl had to walk for several hours in the snow.La pobre niña tuvo que andar varias horas en la nieve.
3. (deficient)
a. pobre
It's difficult to grow things here because the soil is poor.Es difícil cultivar la tierra en esta zona porque el suelo es pobre.
b. malo
The company has a reputation for poor customer service.La empresa es conocida por su servicio al cliente malo.
c. escaso
You shouldn't read in poor light as it strains your eyes.No deberías leer con escasa luz porque se te cansarán los ojos.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (poor people)
a. los pobres
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They have money for wars, but can’t find money to feed the poor.Hay dinero para las guerras, pero no pueden dar de comer a los pobres.
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