Quick answer
"Colors" is a form of "color", a noun which is often translated as "el color". "Pencils" is a form of "pencil", a noun which is often translated as "el lápiz". Learn more about the difference between "colors" and "pencils" below.
color(
kuh
-
luhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (hue)
a. el color
(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).
Her favorite color is teal.Su color preferido es el verde azulado.
The artist used all the colors of the rainbow in her painting.La artista utilizó todos los colores del arco iris en su pintura.
2. (skin color)
a. el color
(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).
They don't discriminate based on the color or sexual preference of applicants.No discriminan basado en el color o preferencias sexuales de los aplicantes.
3. (crayon)
a. el crayón
(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).
Why don't you bring your colors and draw me a doggy?¿Por qué no traes tus crayones y me dibujas un perrito?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (having color)
a. a color
My grandparents still remember the days before color TVs.Mis abuelos todavía se acuerdan de los días antes de las televisiones a color.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to apply color)
a. colorear
The children colored pictures for their parents.Los niños colorearon imágenes para sus padres.
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pencil(
pehn
-
suhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (office supplies)
a. el lápiz
(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).
Would you lend me a pen or pencil?¿Me prestarías un bolígrafo o un lápiz?
b. el lapicero
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I need to sharpen my pencils.Necesito sacarle punta a mis lapiceros.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to draw with a pencil)
a. dibujar a lápiz
She was sitting in the park, penciling a sketch of a bird.Estaba sentada en el parque, dibujando a lápiz un boceto de un pájaro.
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