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"¡Dios mío!" is an interjection which is often translated as "My God!", and "ay" is an interjection which is often translated as "ow". Learn more about the difference between "¡Dios mío!" and "ay" below.
¡Dios mío!(
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mee
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oh
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (expressing anxiety)
a. My God!
¡Dios mío! ¿Qué he hecho?My God! What have I done?
b. Oh my God!
¡Dios mío! ¿Has visto cómo se caía esa pared?Oh my God! Did you see that wall fall down?
c. Oh God!
¡Dios mío! ¡Ya no aguanto más!Oh God! I can't take it any more!
2. (expressing surprise)
a. My God
¡Dios mío! Cómo has cambiado desde la última vez que te vi.My God! You look so different from the last time I saw you.
b. Good God!
¡Dios mío! ¿Pero qué te has hecho en el pelo?Good God! What have you done to your hair?
c. God!
¡Dios mío! No me digas que ya es hora de irnos.God! Don't tell me it's already time to go.
d. My goodness!
¡Dios mío! Qué forma de llover.My goodness! It's raining like crazy.
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ay(
ay
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express pain)
a. ow
¡Ay! ¡Acabas de pisarme el pie!Ow! You just stepped on my foot!
b. ouch
¡Ay! ¡Cómo duele!Ouch! That really hurts!
2. (used to express dismay)
a. oh dear
¡Ay! Me han robado todo.Oh dear! All my things have been stolen.
b. jeez
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ay! Me asustaste.Jeez! You scared me.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (sound)
a. cry
Su ay se oyó en todo el recinto.His cry could be heard everywhere.
b. moan
De repente, el perro soltó un ay de dolor.All of a sudden, the dog let out a painful moan.
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