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"Despierto" is an adjective which is often translated as "awake", and "viva" is an interjection which is often translated as "hurrah". Learn more about the difference between "despierto" and "viva" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not asleep)
a. awake
El bebé me tuvo despierta toda la noche.The baby kept me awake the whole night.
2. (vigilant)
a. alert
Mantén la mente despierta y el cuerpo relajado.Keep an alert mind and a relaxed body.
b. sharp
Los niños tienen los sentidos muy despiertos.Children's senses are very sharp.
3. (smart)
a. bright
Es un niño muy despierto para su edad.He's a very bright kid for his age.
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express joy)
a. hurrah
¡Viva! Mañana no hay clases.Hurrah! There's no school tomorrow.
b. viva
El público gritó "¡viva!" cuando el atleta cruzó la meta.The audience shouted "viva!" when the athlete crossed the finish line.
2. (used to express good will)
a. long live
¡Viva la libertad del pueblo!Long live the people's freedom!
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