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"Diferente" is an adjective which is often translated as "different", and "distinto" is an adjective which is also often translated as "different". Learn more about the difference between "diferente" and "distinto" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (distinct)
a. different
Me gustan las papas, pero quería algo diferente.I like potatoes, but I wanted something different.
2. (of different kinds)
a. several
Hemos ido a diferentes playas alrededor de Acapulco.We've gone to several beaches around Acapulco.
b. various
Van a llegar diferentes artistas de todo el mundo para el festival.Various artists from all over the world will be coming to the festival.
3. (odd)
a. different
El hijo de mi primo es diferente, pero muy simpático.My cousin's son is different, but very friendly.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not the same)
a. different
Aunque tengamos puntos de vista muy distintos, somos amigos cercanos.Although we have very different points of view, we are close friends.
2. (defined)
a. clear
El candidato necesita una plataforma política distinta.The candidate needs a clear political platform.
3. (varied)
a. various
Cuando fuimos a la India, probamos distintos tipos de curry.On our trip to India, we tasted various kinds of curry.
b. several
Nuestros vecinos son muy ruidosos. Tuvimos que llamar a la policía en distintas ocasiones.Our neighbors are too loud. We had to call the police on several occasions.
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