Quick answer
"Collocation" is a noun which is often translated as "la colocación", and "idiom" is a noun which is often translated as "el modismo". Learn more about the difference between "collocation" and "idiom" below.
collocation
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (grammar)
a. la colocación
(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 only context where I've heard the Spanish word "garrafal" is in the collocation "error garrafal."El único contexto en el que he oído la palabra en español "garrafal" es en la colocación "error garrafal".
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idiom(
ih
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di
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uhm
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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. (linguistics)
a. el modismo
(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).
Idioms present the greatest difficulties for learners of foreign languages.Los modismos presentan las dificultades más grandes para los estudiantes de lenguas extranjeras.
b. el giro
(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).
Idioms are difficult to understand because they cannot be translated directly.Los giros son difíciles de entender porque no pueden traducirse directamente.
2. (language)
a. el lenguaje
(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).
Two historical linguists came to our university to study and document the patterns of this region's idiom.Dos lingüistas históricos vinieron a nuestra universidad para estudiar y documentar los patrones del lenguaje de esta región.
3. (style of expression)
a. el lenguaje
(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).
The composer was praised for his original integration of the Baroque idiom with contemporary jazz music.El compositor fue alabado por su integración original del lenguaje barroco con la música jazz contemporánea.
b. el idioma
(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).
British films were thought to be too much in a middle-class or upper-class idiom.Se consideraba que las películas británicas usaban en exceso un idioma de clase media o alta.
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