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"De" is a preposition which is often translated as "from", and "color" is a noun which is often translated as "color". Learn more about the difference between "de" and "color" below.
de(
deh
)
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 origin)
a. from
Mis padres vienen de Nicaragua.My parents are from Nicaragua.
2. (used to indicate material)
a. of
Esta mesa está hecha de plástico.This table is made of plastic.
3. (used to express possession)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Te recojo en el coche de mi padre.I'll come get you in my father's car.
¿Esa no es la casa de Susana?Isn't that Susana's house?
4. (used to indicate characteristics)
a. of
La comida era de gran calidad.The food was of great quality.
5. (used to indicate content)
a. of
Andrés siempre llevaba una bolsa de canicas.Andres always carried around a bag of marbles.
6. (with compound nouns)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Voy a comprar otro traje de baño para el verano.I'm going to buy another bathing suit for the summer.
Se usa la palanca de cambios para cambiar las marchas.You use the gear shift to change the gears.
7. (used to indicate time)
a. in
Es mejor trabajar de mañana.It is better to work in the morning.
8. (used to express cause)
a. with
Me sorprendí llorando de pena al pensar en él.I caught myself crying with sorrow when I thought of him.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
9. (letter)
a. d
¿Dijiste la letra de o te?Did you say the letter d or t?
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color(
koh
-
lohr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (hue)
a. color
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Cambié el color de las paredes a azul marino.I changed the color of the walls to navy blue.
b. colour (United Kingdom)
Mis colores favoritos son el verde y el borgoña.My favorite colours are green and burgundy.
2. (paint)
a. color
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Puse mis colores en la paleta y empecé a pintar.I added my colors to the palette and started to paint.
b. colour (United Kingdom)
Todos los críticos de arte en la galería elogiaron a María por su uso del color.The art critics at the gallery all praised Maria for her use of colour.
3. (look)
a. color
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El pollo no tiene buen color. Creo que no debemos comerlo.The chicken doesn't have a good color. I don't think we should eat it.
b. colour (United Kingdom)
El salmón a la parrilla tiene muy buen color y sabe delicioso.The grilled salmon has a great colour and tastes delicious.
4. (race)
a. color
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
En la metrópoli conviven personas de todas las razas y colores.People of every race and color live in the metropolis.
b. colour (United Kingdom)
El empleador me discriminó por mi sexo y mi color.The employer discriminated against me for my gender and colour.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(embellishment)
a. color
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Luis siempre le añade detalles y color a sus historias para hacerlas más interesantes.Luis always adds details and color to his stories to make them more interesting.
b. colour
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(United Kingdom)
Carlos estaba maravillado por el sonido y el color del carnaval.Carlos was amazed at the sound and colour of the carnival.
6. (card games)
a. suit
Gana el jugador que junte todas las cartas del mismo color.The player who collects all the cards from the same suit wins.
7. (magnitude)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. size
En la selva, encontramos unas huellas con el mismo color que las de un elefante.We found footprints in the jungle that were the same size as an elephant's.
8. (spice)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. turmeric
Añádeles un poco de color y agua a las lentejas y déjalas hervir a fuego lento.Add some turmeric and water to the lentils and let them simmer.
colores
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (coloring instrument)
a. colored pencils
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nicolás tomó unos colores de su estuche y comenzó a dibujar un águila.Nicolas took some colored pencils from his pencil case and started drawing an eagle.
b. coloured pencils (United Kingdom)
A mi hija le encanta dibujar con colores.My daughter loves drawing with coloured pencils.
c. crayons
Hice el bosquejo con lápiz y lo pinté con colores.I drew the sketch with a pencil and colored it with crayons.
10. (insignia)
a. colors
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mostramos nuestro apoyo vistiendo los colores de la bandera de Francia.We showed our support wearing the colors of the French flag.
b. colours (United Kingdom)
Los colores nacionales de Argentina son el celeste y el blanco.The national colours of Argentina are light blue and white.
11. (sports)
a. colors
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Los futbolistas están orgullosos de representar los colores de su equipo.The footballers are proud of representing the colors of their team.
b. colours (United Kingdom)
Todos los fanáticos en el estadio vestían los colores de sus equipos.All the fans in the stadium were wearing the colours of their teams.
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