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"De pie" is an adverb which is often translated as "standing", and "parado" is an adjective which is also often translated as "standing". Learn more about the difference between "de pie" and "parado" below.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (position)
a. standing
Ya no quedaban asientos y tuve que quedarme de pie toda la conferencia.There were no seats left, so I had to remain standing throughout the whole lecture.
b. on your feet
Has estado de pie todo el día; debes de estar cansada.You have been on your feet all day; you must be tired.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
2. (imperative)
a. stand
El juez ha entrado a la sala. Todos de pie, por favor.The judge has entered the room. All stand, please.
b. stand up
¡De pie, he dicho! ¡No quiero ver a nadie sentado!I said, stand up! I don't want to see anybody sitting!
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (upright)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. standing (person)
¿Quién es ese señor parado detrás de la puerta?Who is that man standing behind the door?
b. standing up
Tu cabello está parado.Your hair is standing up.
2. (motionless)
a. stopped
La avenida parece un estacionamiento. El tráfico está completamente parado.The avenue looks like a parking lot. Traffic is completely stopped.
3. (without employment)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. unemployed
¿Desde cuándo ha estado parada?How long has she been unemployed?
4. (shocked)
a. astounded
La noticia sobre el accidente aéreo me dejó parado.I was astounded by the news of the plane crash.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
5. (people without jobs)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. unemployed person
El cuarenta por ciento de los parados en España son mayores de 45.Forty percent of the unemployed people in Spain are over the age of 45.
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