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"Papers" is a form of "paper", a noun which is often translated as "el papel". "Books" is a plural noun which is often translated as "las cuentas". Learn more about the difference between "books" and "papers" below.
books(
books
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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (finance)
a. las cuentas
(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 need to finish the books before Monday.Tengo que terminar las cuentas antes del lunes.
book
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (printed work)
a. el libro
(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's the author of my favorite book.Es el autor de mi libro favorito.
3. (phone directory)
a. la guía
(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 don't know his number, but you can look it up in the book.No me sé su número, pero lo puedes buscar en la guía.
4. (related to betting)
a. la apuesta
(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 many books did you record today?¿Cuántas apuestas anotaste hoy?
5. (music)
a. el libreto
(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).
This opera's book is based on a controversial play.El libreto de esta ópera está basado en una obra controvertida.
6. (set)
a. la libreta
(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).
(coupons)
She took out her book and looked for a coupon for milk.Sacó su libreta y buscó un cupón para la leche.
b. el librito
(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).
(stamps)
I'd like to buy some stamps. - A book or a sheet?Me gustaría comprar unas estampillas. - ¿Un librito o una hoja?
c. el talonario
(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).
(tickets)
He opened his book and tore off two tickets.Abrió su talonario y arrancó dos boletos.
d. la caja
(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).
(matches)
Do you have any matches? - There's a book on the table.¿Tienes cerillos? - Hay una caja en la mesa.
e. el muestrario
(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).
(samples)
I found a fabric almost identical to the color on these chairs in the book.Encontré una tela casi idéntica al color de esas sillas en el muestrario.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to reserve)
a. reservar
Do I need to book my flight in advance?¿Tengo que reservar mi vuelo con antelación?
8. (to hire)
a. contratar
Have you booked a professional wedding photographer?¿Has contratado a un fotógrafo profesional de bodas?
9. (to charge)
a. multar
He was booked for urinating in the street.Lo multaron por orinar en la calle.
b. fichar
The policeman booked him for speeding.El policía lo fichó por rebasar el límite de velocidad.
10. (sports) (United Kingdom)
a. amonestar
The player was booked for fouling another player.El jugador fue amonestado por darle una barrida a otro jugador.
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paper(
pey
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puhr
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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. (material)
a. el papel
(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 printer needs more paper.La impresora necesita más papel.
2. (newspaper)
a. el periódico
(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).
(colloquial)
There was an interesting article in the sports section of the paper.Había un artículo interesante en la sección de deportes del periódico.
3. (essay)
a. el artículo
(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).
(written)
The paper summarizes the main ideas in the book.El artículo resume las ideas principales del libro.
b. el trabajo
(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).
(academic)
The students have to write a ten-page paper by next week.Los estudiantes tienen que escribir un trabajo de diez páginas para la semana que viene.
c. la ponencia
(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).
(at conference)
The scientists are presenting their paper at the conference.Los científicos están presentando su ponencia en la conferencia.
4. (test) (United Kingdom)
a. el examen
(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 failed my history paper.Suspendí el examen de historia.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to put up wallpaper)
a. empapelar
My daughter papered her walls with posters of her favorite singer.Mi hija empapeló sus paredes con carteles de su cantante favorito.
b. tapizar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I wonder whether I want to paper the living room or paint it.Me pregunto si quiero tapizar el salón o pintarlo.
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