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"Deportivo" is an adjective which is often translated as "sports", and "a" is a preposition which is often translated as "to". Learn more about the difference between "deportivo" and "a" below.
deportivo(
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pohr
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tee
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boh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (related to sports)
a. sports
Los miembros del club deportivo juegan al fútbol en la primavera.The sports club members play soccer in the spring.
2. (informal clothing)
a. casual
Lo siento, pero no puede llevar ropa deportiva a la boda.I'm sorry, but you can't wear casual clothing to the wedding.
b. sporty
Me voy a llevar unas sandalias deportivas a la playa.I'm going to wear some sporty sandals to the beach.
3. (fair)
a. sporting
Hay que ser deportivo y saber cómo ganar con gracia.You have to be sporting and know how to win graciously.
b. sportsmanlike
Eso fue un gesto muy deportivo, Steve.That was a very sportsmanlike gesture, Steve.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (car)
a. sports car
¡Enrique, te ves tan contento en tu deportivo nuevo!Enrique, you look so happy in your new sports car!
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a(
ah
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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 direction)
a. to
Ve a tu habitación.Go to your room.
2. (used to indicate position)
a. to
A la izquierda puedes ver el parque.To your left you can see the park.
3. (used to indicate an exact moment)
a. at
Saldremos al amanecer.We will leave at dawn.
4. (used to indicate mode)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Podía respirar a duras penas.He was hardly able to breathe.
5. (the personal "a")
a. to
No te olvides de escribir a tus abuelos.Don't forget to write to your grandparents.
6. (used to give orders)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡A fregar los platos!Go do the dishes!
¡A la cama!Off to bed!
7. (used with quantities)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me encantaría ganar dinero a espuertas.I would love to earn lots of money.
Llovía a cántaros.It was pouring.
8. (used to express purpose)
a. to
Vino a saludar.He came to say hello.
9. (used to express frequency)
a. per
Trabajo ocho horas al día.I work eight hours per day.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
10. (letter)
a. a
Ese adjetivo debe terminar con una a.That adjective should end in an a.
11. (music)
a. A
El pianista tocó una A.The pianist played an A.
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