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"Best friend" is a noun which is often translated as "el mejor amigo", and "acquaintance" is a noun which is often translated as "el conocido". Learn more about the difference between "best friend" and "acquaintance" below.
best friend(
behst
 
frehnd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el mejor amigo
(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).
, la mejor amiga
(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've known my best friend since I was three years old.He conocido a mi mejor amigo desde que tenía tres años.
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acquaintance(
uh
-
kweyn
-
tihns
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (person)
a. el conocido
(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).
, la conocida
(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 wouldn't say Patrick is my friend. Rather, he's an acquaintance.No diría que Patrick es mi amigo. Es más bien un conocido.
Joanna is an acquaintance of mine from New York.Joanna es una conocida mía de Nueva York.
2. (relation)
a. la amistad
(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).
We met at a conference, and struck up an acquaintance at once.Nos conocimos en un congreso y enseguida entablamos amistad.
b. la relación
(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 renewed my acquaintance with them when they returned from China.Reanudé mi relación con ellos cuando volvieron de China.
3. (knowledge)
a. el conocimiento
(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).
Peter has a good acquaintance with the language.Peter tiene un buen conocimiento de la lengua.
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