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"Destrezas" is a form of "destreza", a noun which is often translated as "skill". "Habilidad" is a noun which is often translated as "ability". Learn more about the difference between "destrezas" and "habilidad" below.
destreza(
dehs
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treh
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sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general ability)
a. skill
A mi primo le gustan los juegos de destreza, tales como el ajedrez o el mah-jong.My cousin likes games of skill, such as chess or mah-jongg.
Se necesita mucha destreza para trabajar con pan de oro.You need a lot of skill to work with gold leaf.
b. dexterity
Le compramos al bebé un juguete para desarrollar la destreza manual.We bought the baby a toy to develop hand dexterity.
2. (specific ability)
a. skill
El alumno necesita mejorar sus destrezas lingüísticas.The student needs to improve his linguistic skills.
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habilidad(
ah
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bee
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lee
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dahd
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (capability)
a. ability
Como político, ha desarrollado la habilidad de hablar sin decir nada.As a politician, he's developed the ability to talk without saying anything.
b. skill
Cantar bien es una habilidad que cualquiera puede aprender con el profesor adecuado y suficiente práctica.Singing well is a skill anyone can learn with the right teacher and enough practice.
2. (legal)
a. competence
Tengo motivos de preocupación en cuanto a la habilidad de este testigo, ya que es un menor de edad.I have reasons for concern about the competence of this witness since he's a minor.
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