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"Descansa" is a form of "descansar", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to rest". "Buenas noches" is a phrase which is often translated as "good evening". Learn more about the difference between "descansa" and "buenas noches" below.
descansar(
dehs
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kahn
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sahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to take a break)
a. to rest
Tienes que descansar diez minutos por cada cuatro horas de trabajo.You need to rest ten minutes for every four hours worked.
b. to have off
Últimamente tengo mucho trabajo y solo descanso los domingos.I have a lot of work on lately and only have Sundays off.
2. (to be asleep)
a. to sleep
No pude descansar anoche.I couldn't sleep last night.
b. to nap
Él descansó un rato después de almorzar.He napped a while after eating lunch.
3. (to be buried)
a. to rest
En este lugar las almas desafortunadas pueden descansar en paz.This is a place where unfortunate souls can rest in peace.
4. (agriculture)
a. to rest
El campo descansa un año entero cada tres años.The field rests for a full year once every three years.
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buenas noches(
bweh
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nahs
 
noh
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chehs
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (salutation)
a. good evening
Buenas noches y bienvenidos.Good evening and welcome.
2. (farewell)
a. good night
Me voy a dormir. ¡Buenas noches!I'm going to sleep. Good night!
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