Quick answer
"Cause" is a noun which is often translated as "la causa", and "reason" is a noun which is often translated as "la razón". Learn more about the difference between "cause" and "reason" below.
cause(
kaz
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (origin)
a. la causa
(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 treatment will depend on the cause of the infection.El tratamiento dependerá de la causa de la infección.
2. (reason)
a. el motivo
(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).
Having a birthday is a cause for joy, not sadness!Cumplir años es motivo de alegría, ¡no de tristeza!
b. la razón
(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).
There's no cause for concern; he's making a good recovery.No hay razón para preocuparse; se está recuperando bien.
3. (ideal)
a. la causa
(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 friend went to Africa as a volunteer for a good cause.Mi amiga se fue a África como voluntaria por una buena causa.
4. (legal)
a. la causa
(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 will need to prove that you have been dismissed without due cause.Tendrá que demostrar que la han despedido sin una causa justificada.
b. el caso
(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).
Who will plead your cause? - I'm a lawyer, so I'll do it myself.¿Quién defenderá tu caso? - Soy abogada, así que lo haré yo misma.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to occasion)
a. causar
The investigation concluded that the fire was caused by an electrical failure.La investigación concluyó que el incendio fue causado por un fallo eléctrico.
b. provocar
If you keep texting while you're driving, you're going to cause an accident.Si sigues mandando mensajes de texto mientras vas manejando, vas a provocar un accidente.
c. ocasionar
A change in pressure can cause discomfort in the ears.Un cambio de presión puede ocasionar molestias a los oídos.
d. hacer que
The storm caused the game to be canceled.La tormenta hizo que se cancelara el partido.
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reason(
ri
-
zihn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (cause)
a. la razón
(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 is the reason why students did not score high on this test.Esta es la razón por la que los alumnos no sacaron mejor nota en este examen.
b. el motivo
(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).
Give me a reason to stay.Dame un motivo para que me quede.
2. (faculty)
a. la razón
(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 reason doesn't allow me to do so.La razón no me permite hacerlo.
3. (good sense)
a. el sentido común
(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 madness is not within reason.Esta locura no es de sentido común.
b. la razón
(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).
No matter how hard we tried, we couldn't make her see reason.Por mucho que lo intentamos, no conseguimos hacerla entrar en razón.
c. la lógica
(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 infatuation with her is beyond all reason.La forma en que se ha encaprichado de ella escapa a toda lógica.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to think logically)
a. razonar
Please, reason your answers to the questions.Por favor, razone sus respuestas a las preguntas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to think logically)
a. razonar
You reason from the facts to the physical laws, and not the other way round.Deduces las leyes de la física razonando a partir de los hechos, y no al contrario.
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