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"Bills" is a form of "bill", a noun which is often translated as "la cuenta". "Charges" is a form of "charge", a noun which is often translated as "el cargo". Learn more about the difference between "bills" and "charges" below.
bill(
bihl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (amount to pay)
a. la cuenta
(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'm going to go to the lobby to pay the hotel bill.Voy al lobby para pagar la cuenta del hotel.
b. la adición
(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).
(Southern Cone)
Who's going to pay the bill tonight?¿Quién va a pagar la adición esta noche?
2. (invoice)
a. la factura
(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).
Do you have the bill for the furniture we bought?¿Tienes la factura de los muebles que compramos?
b. el recibo
(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).
(utilities)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I need to pay the electric bill by tomorrow or our service will be cut.Necesito pagar el recibo de la luz al más tardar mañana o se nos cortará el servicio.
c. la cuenta
(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).
How much was the bill for your bathroom remodel?¿En cuánto salió la cuenta de la remodelación del baño?
d. la nota
(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).
(Southern Cone)
I'm attaching the bill for our sevices in July.Adjunto la nota para servicios prestados en el mes de julio.
3. (amount expended or owed)
a. los gastos
(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).
We need to get the company's wage bill under control.Hay que controlar los gastos laborales de la empresa.
4. (printed advertisement)
a. el cartel
(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).
Posting bills on this wall is prohibited.Se prohibe pegar carteles en esta pared.
5. (theater)
a. el programa
(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 director's name appears prominently on the bill.El nombre del director aparece destacado en el programa.
6. (draft of a law)
a. el proyecto de ley
(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).
She introduced a bill to congress to redefine how the minimum wage is adjusted.Introdujo un proyecto de ley al congreso para redefinir como se ajusta el salario mínimo.
7. (paper money)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el billete
(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).
He was carrying $100 all in one-dollar bills.Llevaba $100 encima en billetes de uno.
8. (of a bird)
a. el pico
(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 bird trapped a worm in its bill.El pájaro atrapó un gusano en el pico.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to submit a bill of charges to)
a. pasarle la factura a
We will bill you for the merchandise after it has been delivered.Le pasaremos la factura por la mercancía después de la entrega.
b. pasarle la cuenta a
Can you bill the treasurer for my stay, please?¿Puede pasarle la cuenta al tesorero por mi estancia, por favor?
10. (to advertise)
a. anunciar
They billed it as the concert of the century and made millions.Lo anunciaron como el concierto del siglo y ganaron millones.
Bill
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
11. (name)
a. Guille
I'm going to visit Uncle Bill this weekend.Voy a visitar a tío Guille este fin de semana.
b. Willy
Bill graduated from college in May.Willy se graduó de la universidad en mayo.
c. Billy
We're celebrating Bill's birthday this Saturday.Este sábado vamos a celebrar el cumpleaños de Billy.
d. Memo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Bill has two older brothers.Memo tiene dos hermanos mayores.
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charge(
charj
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (legal)
a. el cargo
(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 prosecution presented the charges to the jury.La acusación presentó los cargos al jurado.
b. la acusación
(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).
They're planning to file a murder charge against the suspect.Están planeando presentar una acusación por asesinato contra el sospechoso.
2. (accusation)
a. la acusación
(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).
Miguel resented the charge that he was responsible for his family arriving late to the airport.Miguel resentía la acusación de que era responsable de que su familia había llegado tarde al aeropuerto.
3. (price)
a. el precio
(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 charge for a single room is $100.El precio de una habitación individual es $100.
b. la tarifa
(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 charge for a taxi from the airport is higher than a taxi to the airport.La tarifa por un taxi desde el aeropuerto es más alta que un taxi al aeropuerto.
c. el cargo
(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).
Many of the bank's services are offered free of charge.Muchos de los servicios del banco se ofrecen sin cargo.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Is there a charge for the Wi-Fi connection?¿Hay que pagar por la conexión wifi?
There's no charge for towels.Las toallas no se cobran.
4. (finance)
a. la carga
(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 bank posted a charge to my account for a bounced check.El banco registró una carga a mi cuenta por un cheque sin fondos.
5. (command)
a. la orden
(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 manager gave me the charge to supervise the project personally.El gerente me dio la orden de supervisar el proyecto personalmente.
6. (electricity)
a. la carga
(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).
You need to replace this battery. It isn't holding a charge anymore.Hay que cambiar la batería. Ya no mantiene una carga.
7. (attack)
a. la carga
(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).
He won the Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge against the enemy.Ganó la Medalla de Honor por encabezar una carga a la bayoneta contra el enemigo.
8. (explosive)
a. la carga
(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 terrorist detonated the charge attached to his body.El terrorista detonó la carga que llevaba atada al cuerpo.
9. (responsibility)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ms. Millar is the head of department and she's in charge of more than fifty employees.La Sra. Millar es la jefa de departamento y está a cargo de más de cincuenta empleados.
They put him in charge of the team, even though he didn't have any experience.Lo pusieron al frente del equipo, aunque no tenía ninguna experiencia.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'll take charge of buying the tickets for the concert.Yo me encargo de comprar las entradas del concierto.
Who's in charge of the project?¿Quién está a cargo del proyecto?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to accuse)
a. acusar
They charged the suspect with murder.Acusaron al sospechoso de asesinato.
11. (to ask for in payment)
a. cobrar
How much are you going to charge for the meal?¿Cuánto me vas a cobrar por la comida?
12. (to buy on credit)
a. cargar
When I go shopping, I always charge everything to my credit card.Cuando voy de compras, siempre cargo todo a la tarjeta de crédito.
13. (to entrust)
a. encomendar
I was charged with speaking to the youth about setting goals.Me encomendaron hablar con los jovenes sobre la fijación de metas.
14. (to command)
a. ordenar
The master charged his vassals with protecting the entrance to the castle at all costs.El maestro ordenó a sus vasallos proteger la entrada al castillo a toda costa.
15. (to replenish energy of)
a. cargar
Can you remind me that I need to charge my cell phone before leaving?¿Me recuerdas que necesito cargar mi celular antes de salir?
16. (to attack)
a. cargar contra
The army charged the enemy with no air support.El ejército cargó contra el enemigo sin apoyo aéreo.
b. embestir
The bull charged the barrier with all its strength.El toro embistió la barrera con todas sus fuerzas.
c. atacar
In the documentary, you can see an elephant charging a rhinoceros.En el documental, se ve a un elefante atacando a un rinoceronte.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
17. (to rush; often used with "out" or "in")
a. salir de estampida
Some deer suddenly charged out of the woods and crossed the highway.Unos venados de repente salieron del bosque de estampida y cruzaron la carretera.
b. entrar apresuradamente
The police charged in and stopped the melee.La policía entró apresuradamente y detuvo la pelea.
18. (to attack; used with "at")
a. arremeter contra
The two knights charged at each other and fell off their horses.Los dos caballeros arremetieron el uno contra el otro y se cayeron de sus caballos.
b. abalanzarse sobre
Two men were arguing outside the bar, and suddenly, one of them charged at the other.Dos hombres estaban discutiendo en la puerta del bar y, de repente, uno se abalanzó sobre el otro.
c. embestir
Without warning, the rhinoceros charged at the vehicle.Sin previo aviso, el rinoceronte embistió el vehículo.
d. atacar
The tiger charged at the deer and killed it.El tigre atacó al ciervo y lo mató.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
19. (used to give the order to attack)
a. al ataque
The captain shouted, "Charge!" and the troops ran up the hill.El capitán grito, "¡Al ataque!" y las tropas subieron la colina corriendo.
b. a la carga
The knight waved his sword above his head and shouted, "Charge!"El caballero agitó la espada arriba de la cabeza y gritó, "¡A la carga!"
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