Quick answer
"Central" is an adjective which is often translated as "central", and "downtown" is a noun which is often translated as "el centro". Learn more about the difference between "central" and "downtown" below.
central(
sehn
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truhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (main)
a. central
The central bank plays an important role in the country's economy.El banco central desempeña un papel importante en la economía del país.
b. fundamental
The central obstacle to hiring skilled workers in our area is the lack of housing.El obstáculo central para la contratación de trabajadores calificados en nuestra zona es la falta de viviendas.
c. principal
The central aim of our association is to provide wholesome activities for children after school.El objetivo principal de nuestra asociación es proporcionar actividades sanas para los niños después de la escuela.
d. primordial
Sustainable production of nutritious food is central to the health of our population.La producción sostenible de alimentos nutritivos es primordial para la salud de nuestra población.
2. (in the middle)
a. central
The central part of the state can expect heavy rain this evening.La parte central del estado puede esperar fuertes lluvias esta noche.
3. (near or at the city center)
a. céntrico
I used to live in a more central location, but I prefer the peace of the suburbs.Antes vivía en un lugar más céntrico, pero prefiero la tranquilidad de los suburbios.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The Prado Museum is located in central Madrid.El Museo del Prado se encuentra en el centro de Madrid.
With a central location in the industrial area, the hotel is really convenient.El hotel es muy cómodo por estar ubicado en el centro de la zona industrial.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(telephone exchange)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la central telefónica
(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 grandmother switched calls at the central from 1930 to 1962.Mi abuela gestionaba llamadas en la central telefónica desde 1930 hasta 1962.
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downtown(
daun
-
taun
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el centro
(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).
It's only a couple of miles from downtown.Queda a solo un par de millas del centro.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (relating to the city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. del centro
Downtown stores are closed on Sundays.Las tiendas del centro están cerradas los domingos.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (to the city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. al centro
From the airport, you can take the metro downtown.Desde el aeropuerto, puedes tomar el metro al centro.
4. (in the city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. en el centro
Living downtown is very convenient.Vivir en el centro resulta muy práctico.
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