Quick answer
"Contact" is a noun which is often translated as "el contacto", and "main" is an adjective which is often translated as "principal". Learn more about the difference between "contact" and "main" below.
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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. (physical touching)
a. el contacto
(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).
There was contact between the two cars when they went into the first corner.Hubo contacto entre los dos coches al tomar la primera curva.
2. (communication)
a. el contacto
(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).
He will be in contact with you through this phone number.Estará en contacto contigo a través de este número de teléfono.
3. (person)
a. el contacto
(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).
My friend got the job thanks to his contacts in the company.Mi amigo consiguió el trabajo gracias a sus contactos en la empresa.
b. el enchufe
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I don't need any contact to become an important person.No necesito ningún enchufe para llegar a ser alguien importante.
4. (electricity)
a. el contacto
(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).
Electrical contacts must be cleaned from time to time.Hay que limpiar los contactos eléctricos de vez en cuando.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (involving physical contact)
a. de contacto
Wrestling is a full-contact sport.La lucha libre es un deporte de contacto físico.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to get in touch with)
a. contactar con
Please contact Customer Support.Por favor, contacte con Atención al Cliente.
b. ponerse en contacto con
He contacted his family after the earthquake.Se puso en contacto con su familia tras el terremoto.
c. contactarse con
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I contacted all her friends, but none of them had seen her.Me contacté con todos sus amigos, pero ninguno la había visto.
contacts
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
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A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(lenses)
a. los lentes de contacto
(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).
, las lentes de contacto
(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).
I've lost one of my contacts.He perdido una de mis lentes de contacto.
She wears contacts all the time.Lleva los lentes de contacto todo el tiempo.
b. las lentillas
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
These contacts make my eyes water.Con estas lentillas me lloran los ojos.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (most important)
a. principal
My job is the main reason why I live in this city.Mi trabajo es la razón principal por la que vivo en esta ciudad.
b. fundamental
This summary includes the main ideas of the chapter.Este resumen incluye las ideas fundamentales del capítulo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (supply)
a. la cañería principal
(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).
(water)
The water main broke and we were out of water for an entire day.La cañería principal se rompió y nos faltó agua un día entero.
b. la tubería principal
(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).
(water)
The street is closed because the mains are going to be repaired.La calle está cortada porque van a reparar las tuberías principales.
c. el cable principal
(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).
(electricity)
Someone cut the main of the electrical system.Alguien cortó el cable principal de la red eléctrica.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(ocean)
a. la mar océana
(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).
She took her sailboat way out into the main.Ella llevó su velada hasta la mar océana.
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