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"Cheap" is an adjective which is often translated as "barato", and "as" is a preposition which is often translated as "como". Learn more about the difference between "cheap" and "as" below.
cheap(
chip
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (inexpensive)
a. barato
The store had a clearance sale and everything was really cheap.La tienda estaba de liquidación y tenía todo muy barato.
b. económico
It's sometimes cheaper to fly than drive.A veces resulta más económico ir en avión que en coche.
2. (of poor quality)
a. barato
The apartment was furnished with cheap furniture that wouldn't last.El apartamento tenía muebles baratos que no iban a durar nada.
b. vulgar
You've been tricked. This watch is only a cheap imitation of a Rolex.Te han engañado. Este reloj no es más que una vulgar imitación de un Rólex.
c. ordinario
That perfume makes me feel cheap.Ese perfume me hace sentir ordinaria.
3. (vulgar)
a. de mal gusto (jokes or comments)
John seems to love telling cheap jokes.A Juan parece que le encanta contar chistes de mal gusto.
b. rastrero (behavior)
He is well-known for his cheap tactics to get ahead.Es famoso por sus tácticas rastreras para medrar.
4. (easy)
a. fácil
The script was full of cheap laughs.Era un guión de risa fácil.
5. (stingy)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. tacaño
My cheap uncle wouldn't even pay for our candy.El tacaño de mi tío ni siquiera nos pagaba las golosinas.
b. agarrado (colloquial)
He is so cheap that he invited me to his wedding reception on condition that I paid for my meal.Es tan agarrado que me invitó a su boda con la condición de que me pagara mi propio cubierto.
c. codo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
My boss is really cheap; at Christmas he gave everybody a piece of gum.Mi jefe es bien codo; en Navidad nos regaló a cada uno un chicle.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (inexpensively)
a. barato
Houses are going cheap this year.Las casas se venden baratas este año.
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as(
ahz
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in the role of)
a. como
I spent 20 years working as an accountant.Trabajé como contador durante 20 años.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (when)
a. cuando
The phone rang as we were leaving the house.Sonó el teléfono cuando estábamos saliendo de la casa.
3. (while)
a. mientras
I like to listen to music as I work.Me gusta escuchar música mientras trabajo.
4. (at the same time as)
a. a medida que
I've really come to respect her as I've gotten to know her.Realmente llegué a respetarla a medida que la fui conociendo.
5. (because)
a. como
As our flight was canceled, we had to find a hotel for the night.Como se canceló nuestro vuelo, tuvimos que encontrar un hotel donde pasar la noche.
6. (like)
a. como
Please leave everything as you found it.Por favor, deja todo como lo encontraste.
7. (though)
a. aunque
Intelligent as you are, you still have to work hard.Aunque eres inteligente, todavía tienes que trabajar duro.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (in comparisons)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I am as thin as she is.Soy tan delgada como ella.
I do not have as many shoes as my sister.No tengo tantos zapatos como mi hermana.
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