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"Desierto" is a noun which is often translated as "desert", and "coma" is a noun which is often translated as "coma". Learn more about the difference between "desierto" and "coma" below.
desierto(
deh
-
syehr
-
toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (geography)
a. desert
El Sahara es el desierto cálido más grande del mundo.The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (desolate)
a. deserted
Las calles de este vecindario quedan desiertas después de las cinco de la tarde.The streets of this neighborhood are deserted after five in the afternoon.
b. empty
Cuando entro a las siete de la mañana, la oficina está desierta.When I get in at seven in the morning, the office is empty.
3. (not taken)
a. unfilled
Avísame si te enteras de algún puesto desierto. Estoy buscando trabajo.Let me know if you hear about any unfilled positions. I'm looking for a job.
b. void
El campeonato lo declararon desierto después de que se descubriera que el ganador tomó esteroides.The championship was declared void after it was discovered that the winner took steroids.
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coma(
koh
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mah
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (illness)
a. coma
Su hermana estuvo en coma durante tres años antes de despertarse.His sister was in a coma for three years before she woke up.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (punctuation)
a. comma
Aquí hay que poner una coma después de la cláusula subordinada.You a have to put a comma after the dependent clause.
3. (mathematics)
a. point
Uno coma tres millones de personas murieron en aquella guerra.One point three million people died in that war.
4. (music)
a. comma
El tamaño de la coma depende del sistema de afinación que se utilice.The size of the comma depends on the system of tuning that is used.
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