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"Diente" is a noun which is often translated as "tooth", and "cara" is a noun which is often translated as "face". Learn more about the difference between "diente" and "cara" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (anatomy)
a. tooth
Mi hermana tiene un diente de oro.My sister has a gold tooth.
Por favor, cepíllate los dientes; tu aliento apesta.Please brush your teeth; your breath stinks.
b. fang
La serpiente usa sus dientes para inyectar el veneno.The serpent uses its fangs to inject poison.
2. (part of a fork)
a. tine
¿Cuántos dientes normalmente tiene un tenedor?How many tines does a fork normally have?
b. prong
Los dientes de estos tenedores de plástico se rompen a cada rato.The prongs of these plastic forks break all the time.
3. (part of a saw)
a. tooth
Cuidado que no toques los dientes de la sierra, que te cortas.Be careful not to touch the teeth of the saw, or you'll get cut.
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (body part)
a. face
Le acarició la cara dulcemente para despertarla.He caressed her face sweetly to wake her up.
2. (position)
a. side
Recuerden escribir sobre las dos caras del papel.Remember to write on both sides of the piece of paper.
Son dos caras de la misma moneda.They are two sides of the same coin.
b. face
Decidieron escalar la cara norte de la montaña.They decided to climb the north face of the mountain.
3. (appearance)
a. look
No pongas esa cara después de toda la suerte que has tenido.Don't give me that look after all the luck you've had.
El pasajero tiene mala cara.The passenger doesn't look well.
4. (nerve)
a. nerve
¡Qué cara más dura tienes!You have some nerve!
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