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"Damas" is a plural noun which is often translated as "checkers", and "óptica" is a noun which is often translated as "optics". Learn more about the difference between "damas" and "óptica" below.
damas(
dah
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mahs
)
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (board game)
a. checkers
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No he jugado una partida de damas desde que era niña.I haven't played a game of checkers since I was a girl.
b. draughts (United Kingdom)
Aprendí a jugar a las damas pero nunca al ajedrez.I learned to play draughts but never chess.
dama
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (woman)
a. lady
¡Bienvenidos damas y caballeros!Welcome, ladies and gentlemen!
3. (noble woman)
a. lady
Las damas de la realeza británica vistieron las mejores ropas.The ladies of the British royalty wore the best clothes.
4. (in chess, cards)
a. queen
La dama es la pieza más poderosa en el ajedrez.The queen is the most powerful piece in chess.
5. (in checkers)
a. king
¿Pueden moverse las damas de alguna manera especial?Can you move the kings in any special way?
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óptica(
ohp
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tee
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kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (science)
a. optics
Este antiguo ensayo sobre la óptica trata la conexión entre la visión y la geometría.This ancient treatise on optics deals with vision and its connection with geometry.
2. (establishment)
a. optical shop
Fui a la óptica a comprarme un nuevo par de lentes.I went to the optical shop to get a new pair of glasses.
b. optical store
Llevé los nuevos lentes de contacto a la óptica porque me hacían doler la cabeza.I took my new contact lenses back to the optical store because they gave me headaches.
c. optician's
Estas gafas de sol las compré en la óptica.I bought these sunglasses at the optician's.
3. (perspective)
a. point of view
Intenta analizar la situación desde mi óptica, y verás que estoy en lo cierto.Try to analyze the situation from my point of view, and you'll see I'm right.
b. viewpoint
Desde mi óptica como consumidor, este producto vende por su presentación y no por su calidad.From my viewpoint as a consumer, this product sells because of its packaging and not its quality.
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