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"Buy" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "comprar", and "a" is an indefinite article which is often translated as "un". Learn more about the difference between "buy" and "a" below.
buy(
bay
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to purchase)
a. comprar
I have to buy a birthday present for my brother.Tengo que comprar un regalo de cumpleaños para mi hermano.
2. (to bribe)
a. sobornar
He tried to buy the mayor but ended up in jail.Intentó sobornar al alcalde pero terminó en la cárcel.
b. comprar
The mafia bought a juror.La mafia compró a un miembro del jurado.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to believe)
a. tragarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I don't think she'll buy that you're a prince.No creo que se trague que seas un príncipe.
b. creer
I don't buy your explanation. It doesn't make sense.No creo tu explicación. No tiene sentido.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make purchases)
a. comprar
My manager sent me to Los Angeles to buy for the company.El gerente me mandó a Los Ángeles a comprar por la empresa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (bargain)
a. la compra
(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 truck was a great buy, because it hardly needs any maintenance at all.El camión fue una gran compra ya que casi no necesita ningún mantenimiento en absoluto.
b. la ganga
(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 computer was a great buy. It was 60% off!Fue una ganga esta computadora. ¡Estuvo rebajada el 60%!
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a(
ey
)
An indefinite article is a word that indicates that a noun is not specific (e.g. a girl).
1. (singular article)
a. un (masculine)
Give me a pencil.Dame un lápiz.
b. una (feminine)
Can I have an apple?¿Me das una manzana?
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
2. (per)
a. por
I am paid $85 a day.Me pagan $85 por día.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (letter)
a. la a
(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 name starts with an A.Mi nombre empieza con una A.
4. (grade)
a. el sobresaliente
(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 got an A on all my exams.Saqué sobresaliente en todos los exámenes.
5. (music)
a. el la
(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).
Juan played an improvisation in A minor.Juan improvisó en la menor.
b. la A
(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).
Can you sing an A, please?¿Puedes cantar una A, por favor?
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