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"Dale" is an interjection which is often translated as "go ahead", and "toma" is a noun which is often translated as "capture". Learn more about the difference between "dale" and "toma" below.
dale(
dah
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leh
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (encouraging someone to do something)
a. go ahead
¿Quieres dejar tu trabajo? Dale, pues.You want to quit your job? Go ahead, then.
b. do it
Debes ir a saludar esa chica. ¡Dale!You should go say hi to that girl. Do it!
c. go for it
Tienes que jugar mejor si quieres ganar. ¡Dale!You have to play better if you want to win. Go for it!
2. (expressing agreement)
a. okay
¿Quieres cenar afuera esta noche? Dale.Do you want to eat out tonight? Okay.
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toma(
toh
-
mah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (military)
a. capture
La toma de la ciudad consolidó su poder.The capture of the city consolidated his power.
b. taking
La toma de la base del enemigo fue un punto de inflexión en la guerra.The taking of the enemy base was a turning point in the war.
2. (photo, film, television)
a. shot
Esa toma aérea se vio espectacular.That aerial shot was spectacular.
3. (film)
a. take
Necesitamos repetir esa toma. ¡Quiero ver más emoción!We need to repeat that take. I want to see more emotion!
4. (of gas, air, electricity)
a. intake
El sistema de toma de aire de mi carro necesita ser reemplazado.My car's air intake system has to be replaced.
5. (medicine)
a. dose
Son cuatro tomas diarias, durante una semana.It's four doses a day, for a week.
6. (meal)
a. feed
Le toca su toma al bebé.It's time for the baby's feed.
7. (canal)
a. irrigation channel
Se ha construido una toma que lleva agua para los cultivos.An irrigation channel has been built to transport water for the crops.
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