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"Mascaras" is a form of "mascar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to chew". "Disfraz" is a noun which is often translated as "costume". Learn more about the difference between "disfraz" and "mascaras" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (clothing)
a. costume
Me compré un disfraz de bruja para usar en la fiesta de esta noche.I bought a witch costume to wear at tonight's party.
¿Qué disfraz te vas a poner en Halloween?What costume will you wear for Halloween?
2. (false appearance)
a. disguise
Se sirvió de un disfraz de camarera para perpetrar robos en distintos hoteles.She used the disguise of a maid to perpetrate robberies in different hotels.
3. (pretense)
a. front
Su aparente seguridad es solo un disfraz para ocultar su indecisión.His apparent self-confidence is just a front to mask his indecision.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to munch)
a. to chew
Me gusta mascar chicle cuando toco el piano. Me ayuda a mantenerme tranquilo y concentrado.I like to chew gum when I play piano. It helps me stay calm and focused.
El chamán me dijo que mascara las hojas de esta planta para que se me quitara el dolor de cabeza.The shaman told me to chew the leaves of this plant to get rid of my headache.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to feel)
a. to sense
En la comida familiar se mascaba la tensión entre los hermanos.One could sense tension among the brothers during the family meal.
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