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"De" is a preposition which is often translated as "from", and "ingenio" is a noun which is often translated as "ingenuity". Learn more about the difference between "de" and "ingenio" 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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ingenio(
eeng
-
heh
-
nyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (creativity)
a. ingenuity
Tuvo que servirse de su ingenio para sobrevivir en un mundo hostil.She had to make use of her ingenuity to survive in a hostile world.
b. inventiveness
Saber mentir requiere cierto ingenio.Knowing how to lie requires some inventiveness.
2. (sharpness)
a. wit
Como comediante, su ingenio en el escenario no tenía igual.As a comedian, her wit on stage was matchless.
3. (gadget)
a. device
Uno de sus ingenios más curiosos fue una esfera que detectaba temblores de tierra.One of his most curious devices was a sphere that detected earth tremors.
4. (mill)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. refinery
Mucha gente del pueblo perdió su trabajo cuando cerró el ingenio azucarero.Many people in this town lost their jobs when the sugar refinery closed.
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