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"Breathe" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "respirar", and "life" is a noun which is often translated as "la vida". Learn more about the difference between "breathe" and "life" below.
breathe(
brith
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to inhale and exhale)
a. respirar
Breathe deeply in order to calm yourself down.Respira hondo para que te tranquilizes.
2. (to let air in)
a. transpirar
Cotton is very comfortable in part because it breathes.El algodón es muy cómodo en parte porque transpira.
b. dejar pasar el aire
I don't like polyester because it doesn't breathe.No me gusta el poliéster porque no deja pasar el aire.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to inhale)
a. aspirar
She got lung cancer from all those years she spent breathing second-hand smoke.Se enfermó de cáncer de pulmón a causa de todos esos años que pasó aspirando el humo de segunda mano.
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life(
layf
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (existence)
a. la vida
(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).
Life is a wonderful and terrifying enigma.La vida es un enigma maravilloso y aterrador.
2. (lifetime)
a. la vida
(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 traveled to many interesting places during his life, including Timbuktu.Viajó a muchos lugares interesantes durante su vida, incluso Timbuktú.
b. la duración
(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).
(battery)
The batteries I use in my radio have a life of only two months.Las pilas que uso en mi radio tienen una duración de tan solo dos meses.
c. la vigencia
(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).
(agreement, document)
The annuity is guaranteed during the life of the agreement.La anualidad está garantizada durante la vigencia del acuerdo.
3. (a living thing)
a. la vida
(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 never forgave himself for the lives that were lost when he crashed into the train.Nunca se perdonó por las vidas que se perdieron cuando chocó con el tren.
4. (living things collectively)
a. la vida
(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).
My grandfather believes they will soon find life on Mars.Mi abuelo cree que pronto encontrarán vida en Marte.
5. (vitality)
a. la energía
(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 show's choreography was great and the dancers were really full of life.La coreografía del espectáculo estuvo muy buena y los bailarines muy llenos de energía.
b. la vida
(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 actress brought a lot of life into the role.La actriz le dio mucha vida al papel.
6. (lifestyle)
a. la vida
(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 are you enjoying married life, my friend?¿Qué tal la vida de casado, amigo mío?
7. (biography)
a. la vida
(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).
A new life of Saint John was published last year.Publicaron una nueva vida de San Juan el año pasado.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(life imprisonment)
a. la cadena perpetua
(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).
This state doesn't have the death penalty, so you'll probably get life.Este estado no cuenta con la pena de muerte, así que probablemente te condenarán a cadena perpetua.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (lasting a lifetime)
a. de por vida
He is a life member of the Association of Guinea Pig Admirers.Es miembro de por vida de la Asociación de Aficionados de las Cobayas.
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