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"Dañino" is an adjective which is often translated as "harmful", and "a" is a preposition which is often translated as "to". Learn more about the difference between "dañino" and "a" below.
dañino(
dah
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nyee
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (detrimental)
a. harmful
Se trata de un pesticida extremadamente dañino para los seres humanos.This pesticide is extremely harmful to human beings.
b. bad
Que fumar es dañino para la salud no es ningún secreto.The fact that smoking is bad for your health is no secret.
2. (malevolent)
a. hurtful
Sus comentarios fueron dañinos e injustos.His comments were hurtful and unfair.
b. malicious
Su exmarido es una persona dañina, dispuesto a todo para verla sufrir.Her exhusband is a malicious person, prepared to go any length to see her suffer.
3. (causing destruction)
a. destructive
Los cuervos resultan muy dañinos para los cultivos.Crows are very destructive to crops.
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a(
ah
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate direction)
a. to
Ve a tu habitación.Go to your room.
2. (used to indicate position)
a. to
A la izquierda puedes ver el parque.To your left you can see the park.
3. (used to indicate an exact moment)
a. at
Saldremos al amanecer.We will leave at dawn.
4. (used to indicate mode)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Podía respirar a duras penas.He was hardly able to breathe.
5. (the personal "a")
a. to
No te olvides de escribir a tus abuelos.Don't forget to write to your grandparents.
6. (used to give orders)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡A fregar los platos!Go do the dishes!
¡A la cama!Off to bed!
7. (used with quantities)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me encantaría ganar dinero a espuertas.I would love to earn lots of money.
Llovía a cántaros.It was pouring.
8. (used to express purpose)
a. to
Vino a saludar.He came to say hello.
9. (used to express frequency)
a. per
Trabajo ocho horas al día.I work eight hours per day.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
10. (letter)
a. a
Ese adjetivo debe terminar con una a.That adjective should end in an a.
11. (music)
a. A
El pianista tocó una A.The pianist played an A.
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