Quick answer
"Dedo" is a noun which is often translated as "finger", and "patas" is a plural noun which is often translated as "nerve". Learn more about the difference between "dedo" and "patas" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (anatomy)
a. finger (hand)
Me corté el dedo haciendo la cena.I cut my finger making dinner.
b. toe (foot)
Tengo los pies tan fríos que ya no siento los dedos.My feet are so cold that I can't feel my toes.
2. (measurement)
a. inch
¿Me puedes cortar dos dedos de cinta?Can you cut me an inch of tape?
b. splash
¿Cuánta leche quieres un tu café? - Un dedo nomás.How much milk do you want in your coffee? - Just a splash.
c. drop
¿Te sirvo otro trago? - Solo un dedo.Do you want a top-up? - Just a drop.
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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Chile
a. nerve
¡Qué patas tienes!You have a lot of nerve!
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (animal anatomy)
a. leg
Las arañas tienen ocho patas.Spiders have eight legs.
3. (extremity of an animal limb)
a. paw (of a cat or a dog)
Mi perro saltó y se lastimó la pata.My dog jumped and hurt his paw.
b. foot (of a bird)
Las patas de las gaviotas habían dejado su inconfundible huella en la arena.The seagulls' feet had left their unmistakable prints on the sand.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. leg
¡Quita esas patas de encima de la mesa!Get your legs off the table!
5. (furniture part)
a. leg
A la mesa le falta una pata.The table is missing a leg.
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