Quick answer
"Capacity" is a noun which is often translated as "la capacidad", and "ability" is a noun which is often translated as "la habilidad". Learn more about the difference between "capacity" and "ability" below.
capacity(
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pah
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sih
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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. (space)
a. la capacidad
(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 backpack has a 35-liter capacity.La mochila tiene una capacidad de 35 litros.
b. la cabida
(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 theater has a seating capacity of 350.El teatro tiene cabida para 350 personas.
c. el aforo
(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 sold 1,350 tickets for the concert. That's 95% of the hall's capacity.Vendimos 1,350 entradas para el concierto, eso corresponde al 95% del aforo de la sala.
2. (ability)
a. la capacidad
(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).
She has a tremendous capacity for learning.Tiene una enorme capcidad de aprender.
3. (role)
a. la calidad
(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).
An architect worked on the project, but only in an advisory capacity.Un arquitecto trabajó en el proyecto, pero solo en calidad de asesor.
4. (output)
a. la capacidad
(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).
His investment in the brewery has doubled production capacity.Su inversión en la cervecería dobló su capacidad productiva.
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ability(
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di
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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. (talent)
a. la habilidad
(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 have the ability to sew without using patterns.Tengo la habilidad de coser sin usar patrones.
2. (faculty)
a. la capacidad
(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).
Adaptive ability was crucial in evolution.La capacidad de adaptación fue crucial en la evolución.
b. la aptitud
(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 lacks the abilities needed for the job.No reúne las aptitudes necesarias para el trabajo.
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