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"Is" is a form of "be", a copular verb which is often translated as "ser". "Ball" is a noun which is often translated as "la pelota". Learn more about the difference between "ball" and "is" below.
ball(
bal
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sports)
a. la pelota
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I had to run to catch the ball.Tuve que correr para atrapar la pelota.
b. el balón
(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).
(soccer, basketball)
He shot the ball at the goalkeeper.Le chutó el balón al portero.
c. la bola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The way you rack the balls depends on which game of billiards you're playing.La forma en que se colocan las bolas depende del juego de billar que estés jugando.
2. (sport)
a. el beisbol
(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).
The children went to the park to play ball on the diamond.Los niños fueron al parque a jugar béisbol en el diamante.
3. (unsuccessful pitch)
a. la bola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The umpire called ball four, and the batter walked to first.El árbitro declaró la bola cuatro, y el bateador caminó a primera.
4. (military)
a. la bala
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There are four black balls next to the cannon.Hay cuatro balas negras al lado del cañón.
5. (round mass)
a. el ovillo
(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).
(of wool, string)
The cat was playing with a ball of wool.El gato jugaba con un ovillo de lana.
b. la bola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of snow, dough)
The children were having fun making balls out of paper and throwing them around the class.Los niños se estaban divirtiendo haciendo bolas de papel y tirándolas en clase.
6. (anatomy)
a. la base
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of thumb)
I jabbed a nail through the ball of my thumb when I grabbed that old board.Se me hundió un clavo en la base del pulgar cuando agarré esa vieja tabla.
b. el tercio anterior del pie
(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).
(of foot)
The balls of my feet were sore after jumping rope for an hour.Los tercios anteriores de los pies me dolían después de saltar a la cuerda por una hora.
c. el pulpejo
(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).
I use insoles that cushion the balls of my feet.Uso plantillas que me protegen los pulpejos.
7. (formal dance)
a. el baile
(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).
The prince invited her to the ball.El príncipe la invitó al baile.
8. (good time)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The whole family had a ball at the fun park.Toda la familia se divirtió en el parque de diversiones.
We had a ball last weekend with our cousins at the lake.Lo pasamos en grande el fin de semana pasado con nuestros primos en el lago.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(to have sex with)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. cogerse a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
A couple summers ago, I balled a girl at a beach party.Hace un par de veranos, me cogí a una flaca en una fiesta en la playa.
b. echarse un polvo con
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
I wouldn't mind balling his sister!¡No me importaría echarme un polvo con su hermana!
c. follarse a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
And that was the first time he ever balled a chick too!¡Y esa fue la primera vez que se folló a una tía!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to play basketball)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. jugar al baloncesto
I went to ball on my birthday and made a three point shot.Fui a jugar al baloncesto en mi cumpleaños y anoté un tiro de tres puntos.
b. jugar al básquetbol
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I went to ball on the army base with my buddies and felt like I was at an NBA tryout.Fui a jugar al básquetbol en la base del ejército con mis compadres y me sentí como si estuviera en una prueba de la NBA.
balls
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
11.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(testicles)
a. las pelotas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(vulgar)
His brother kicked him in the balls when they were playing.Su hermano le dio una patada en las pelotas cuando estaban jugando.
b. los huevos
(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).
(vulgar)
Mind my balls when you shoot!¡No me tires a los huevos!
c. los cojones
(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).
(vulgar)
Ouch! That hit my balls!¡Uy! ¡Me dio en los cojones!
12.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(courage)
a. los huevos
(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).
(vulgar)
Man, you have balls the size of the Empire State building!¡Vaya! ¡Tienes unos huevos del tamaño del Empire State!
b. los cojones
(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).
(vulgar)
There's no denying that you have to have balls to do such a dangerous job.No se puede negar que hay que tener cojones para trabajar en algo tan peligroso.
13.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(used to express annoyance or disapproval)
a. mierda
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Balls! I left my cell phone at the restaurant.¡Mierda! Dejé mi celular en el restaurante.
b. huevadas
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
That's just balls!¡Son solo huevadas!
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be(
bi
)
A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (used to indicate a permanent quality)
a. ser
The ocean is blue.El océano es azul.
2. (used to indicate a temporary state)
a. estar
I'm not in a good mood today.Hoy no estoy de buen humor.
The sky is cloudy.El cielo está nublado.
3. (followed by a noun)
a. ser
France is a member of the European Union.Francia es un miembro de la Unión Europea.
4. (used to indicate a profession or occupation)
a. ser
What do you do for a living? - I'm a doctor.¿A qué te dedicas? - Soy médico.
5. (used with dates)
a. ser
My birthday is July 26th.Mi cumpleaños es el 26 de julio.
b. estamos a (present day)
Today is Thursday.Hoy estamos a jueves.
6. (imperative mood)
a. ser
Be polite with guests.Sé educado con los invitados.
b. estar
Be quiet, and don't move!¡Estate callado y no te muevas!
7. (used to indicate age)
a. tener
My brother is 30 years old.Mi hermano tiene 30 años.
8. (to cost)
a. costar
One pizza and two drinks are $15.Una pizza y dos bebidas cuestan $15.
b. ser
Shipping is three dollars.El envío es tres dólares.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to take place)
a. ser
The party is at my place.La fiesta es en mi casa.
10. (to be present)
a. estar
My sister is in her room.Mi hermana está en su habitación.
11. (to visit; used with the present perfect)
a. estar
I've been to New York three times.He estado en Nueva York tres veces.
b. venir
The mailman has been here, but he didn't bring your package.El cartero ha venido, pero no trajo tu paquete.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
12. (to exist)
a. haber
There are no trees on our road.No hay árboles en nuestra calle.
13. (used to indicate time)
a. ser
It is bedtime.Es hora de ir a dormir.
14. (used to refer to the weather)
a. hacer
It's too windy to go up in a balloon.Hace demasiado viento para ir en globo.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
15. (with tenses of continuous action)
a. estar
I am reading a book.Estoy leyendo un libro.
16. (with the passive voice)
a. ser
The church was built in 1900.La iglesia fue construida en 1900.
17. (when substituting a verb)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm going to the party. - So am I.Voy a la fiesta. - Yo también.
It is a lovely day, isn't it?Es un día precioso, ¿verdad?
18. (with infinitive constructions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't know how much salt is to be added to the sauce.No sé cuánta sal hay que añadir a la salsa.
The assignment is to be done by next Thursday.La tarea tiene que estar para el jueves que viene.
19. (used to indicate the future)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My baby is due in three months.Mi bebé nacerá dentro de tres meses.
Tomorrow, I'm going to the dentist.Mañana voy al dentista.
20. (in conditional sentences)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Had it not been for his family, he would have never become an artist.Si no fuera por su familia, nunca habría sido artista.
If I were you, I would not go.Yo en tu lugar, no iría.
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