Quick answer
"Count down" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "contar hacia atrás", and "countdown" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuenta atrás". Learn more about the difference between "count down" and "countdown" below.
count down
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to count backwards)
a. contar hacia atrás
Jeff learned how count down from ten to one in preschool today.Jeff aprendió a contar hacia atrás del diez al uno en el jardín de infancia hoy.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to count time)
a. esperar
The whole neighborhood is counting down to the opening of the new shopping mall next door.Todo el vecindario está esperando la apertura del nuevo centro comercial al lado.
b. contar los días
Alexa and her sisters are counting down to summer vacation.Alexa y su hermana están contando los días que faltan para las vacaciones de verano.
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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. (general)
a. la cuenta atrás
(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).
We found our seats just as the countdown to the start of the game began.Tomamos asiento al mismo tiempo que empezó la cuenta atrás para el comienzo del juego.
b. la cuenta regresiva
(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).
Hurry! I don't want to miss the new year countdown!¡Avanza! ¡No me quiero perder la cuenta regresiva del año nuevo!
c. el conteo regresivo
(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 the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
(Southern Cone)
The anesthesiologist asked me to do a countdown from 10 to 0.El anestesiólogo me pidió que hiciera un conteo regresivo de 10 a 0.
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