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"Distinto" is an adjective which is often translated as "different", and "diverso" is an adjective which is often translated as "diverse". Learn more about the difference between "distinto" and "diverso" below.
distinto(
dees
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teen
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toh
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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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diverso(
dee
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behr
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soh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (disparate)
a. diverse
En el zoológico tienen una variedad muy diversa de animales.The zoo has a very diverse variety of animals.
b. varied
En la pastelería encontramos tartas de diverso tipo.In the patisserie we found varied types of cakes.
c. various
En la carrera de Medicina estudié enfermedades de diversa naturaleza.While in medical school, I studied various illnesses.
2. (not the same)
a. diverse
Los dos actores tenían un acento diverso pero sólo uno encajaba con el personaje.Both actors had diverse accents but only one fit the character.
b. different
Teresa y Raquel proceden de un tipo de familia diverso.Teresa and Raquel come from different types of families.
3. (more than one)
a. several
Cuando te independices, tendrás que enfrentarte a diversas dificultades.When you become independent, you will have to face several difficulties.
b. various
En la tienda tenían diversas estanterías y no sabía cuál quedaría mejor en mi casa.In the store they had various shelves and I didn't know which one would fit my house best.
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