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"Dirección" is a noun which is often translated as "direction", and "sentido" is a noun which is often translated as "sense". Learn more about the difference between "dirección" and "sentido" below.
dirección(
dee
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rehk
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syohn
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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. (course)
a. direction
Mi casa está en la dirección contraria.My house is in the opposite direction.
2. (residence)
a. address
Mi dirección sale en la guía telefónica.My address is in the directory.
3. (control)
a. management
La dirección de una empresa la lleva a cabo un director.The management of a company is carried out by a CEO.
4. (automobile)
a. steering
La dirección está rota y estoy casi sin frenos.The steering is broken and the brakes are nearly gone.
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sentido(
sehn
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tee
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doh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (context)
a. sense
Tu explicación no tiene ningún sentido.Your explanation doesn't make any sense.
b. meaning
No entendió el sentido de la palabra.He didn't understand the meaning of the word.
2. (physiology)
a. sense
Los perros tienen un sentido del olfato excelente.Dogs have an excellent sense of smell.
3. (course)
a. direction
Al principio íbamos en el sentido equivocado pero nos dimos la vuelta.Initially, we were going in the wrong direction but we turned around.
4. (state of awareness)
a. consciousness
Ella perdió el sentido cuando su cabeza golpeó el suelo.She lost consciousness when her head hit the ground.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (sincere)
a. hearfelt
Le envié una carta sentida para disculparme.I sent her a heartfelt letter to apologize.
6. (easily upset)
a. sensitive
No soy una persona muy sentida en que puedo aguantar una broma.I'm not an overly sensitive person in that I can take a joke.
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