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"De" is a preposition which is often translated as "from", and "cuba" is a noun which is often translated as "barrel". Learn more about the difference between "de" and "cuba" 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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cuba(
koo
-
bah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (keg)
a. barrel
En la bodega, además de botellas de vino, hay dos cubas de whisky.In the cellar, beside bottles of wine, there are two barrels of whiskey.
b. cask
La carga del barco consistía principalmente en cubas de vino y cerveza.The ship cargo consisted mainly of wine and beer casks.
2. (vessel)
a. tub
Cuando éramos bebés, mi abuela nos bañaba a mi hermana y a mí en una cuba metálica.When we were babies, my grandmother used to bathe my sister and me in a a metal tub.
b. vat
Visitamos una cervecera, y nos impresionaron las enormes cubas en las que fermenta la cerveza.We visited a brewery, and we were impressed by the huge vats where beer ferments.
3. (transport)
a. tanker
En el vídeo pueden verse las cubas que transportan agua a las zonas afectadas por la catástrofe.In the video you can see the tankers carrying water to the disaster-affected areas.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(youngest son or daughter)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. youngest child
Mis hermanos mayores dicen que todo es mucho más fácil cuando eres la cuba, pero yo no estoy de acuerdo.My older brothers say that everything is easier when you're the youngest child, but I don't agree.
Cuba
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
5. (country)
a. Cuba
Muchos de los coches en Cuba son de los años cincuenta.Many of the cars in Cuba are from the fifties.
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