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"Debajo" is an adverb which is often translated as "underneath", and "mesa" is a noun which is often translated as "table". Learn more about the difference between "debajo" and "mesa" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (below)
a. underneath
Antes de poner la carne en la parrilla, pon un plato debajo para colectar el aceite.Before you put the meat on the grill, put a dish underneath to catch the grease.
b. beneath
El océano es grande y nadie sabe lo que hay debajo.The ocean is vast and nobody knows what lies beneath.
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (furniture)
a. table
Su nueva mesa de entrada está hecha de madera recuperada.Her new entry table is made of reclaimed wood.
b. desk
Me gusta tener mi mesa en el trabajo muy organizada.I like to keep my desk at work very tidy.
2. (group in charge)
a. committee
Lo han nombrado presidente de la mesa.He has been appointed chairman of the committee.
b. board
La mesa directiva se junta los viernes.The governing board meets on Fridays.
3. (geography)
a. plateau
Desde la mesa se podía ver todo el horizonte.We could see the whole horizon from the plateau.
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