Quick answer
"Childcare" is a noun which is often translated as "el cuidado de los niños", and "free food" is a phrase which is often translated as "comida gratis". Learn more about the difference between "childcare" and "free food" below.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (service)
a. el cuidado de los niños
(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).
Many working single mothers cannot afford childcare.Muchas madres solteras que trabajan no tienen para pagar el cuidado de los niños.
2. (education)
a. la puericultura
(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).
Julie majored in psychology with a concentration in childcare.Julie estudió psicología con una concentración en puericultura.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (relating to childcare)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Josefina didn't know that she was eligible for a childcare voucher.Josefina no sabía que tenía derecho a una ayuda para guardería.
The neighborhood attracts families because of the abundance of schools and childcare facilities.Este vecindario atrae a las familias por su abundancia de escuelas y guarderías.
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free food
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. comida gratis (prepared meal)
College students love to attend events that offer free food.A los estudiantes universitarios les encanta asistir los eventos que ofrecen comida gratis.
b. alimentos gratuitos (specific food item)
Carlos volunteers at the food bank and says the need for free food in our region is astounding.Carlos es voluntario en el centro de donativos y dice que la necesidad de alimentos gratuitos en nuestra región es sorprendente.
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