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"Dulce" is an adjective which is often translated as "sweet", and "truco" is a noun which is often translated as "trick". Learn more about the difference between "dulce" and "truco" below.
dulce(
dool
-
seh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sugary)
a. sweet
El pastel está algo dulce para mí.The cake is a bit too sweet for me.
2. (not salty)
a. fresh
El agua dulce del río se mezcla con el agua del mar en la boca del río.The fresh water from the river mixes with the sea water at the river mouth.
3. (sound)
a. soft
La maestra tiene una voz muy dulce y apropiada para los pequeños.The teacher has a really soft voice which is suited to young children.
b. sweet
Vengan a disfrutar el sonido dulce de la música en vivo hoy a las 8 pm.Come and enjoy the sweet sound of live music at 8 pm today.
4. (not harsh)
a. tender
Con su dulce sonrisa, le hizo saber que todo estaba bien.With her tender smile, she let him know that everything was alright.
b. gentle
Esta enfermera es muy dulce con los ancianos.This nurse is very gentle with the elderly.
c. mild
Nos mudamos a San Clemente por el dulce clima.We moved to San Clemente for the mild weather.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. candy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Llenamos la piñata de dulces.We filled the piñata with candy.
b. piece of candy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Quieres un dulce?Would you like a piece of candy?
c. sweet (United Kingdom)
Magda le dió un dulce a su sobrino.Madga gave her nephew a sweet.
6. (sugarloaf)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. sugar
Paco, necesito que vayas al mercado a comprar dulce.Paco, I need you to go to the market to buy sugar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (tenderly)
a. softly
La mamá le hablaba dulce al bebé para tranquilizarlo.The mother was speaking softly to her baby to calm him down.
dulces
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (culinary)
a. sweet things
La tía Margarita tiene que reducir su consumo de dulces porque es diabética.Aunt Margarita has to reduce her intake of sweet things because she's diabetic.
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truco(
troo
-
koh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (deceit)
a. trick
El mago hizo un truco para los niños.The magician performed a trick for the children.
2. (skill)
a. hang
Estoy tomándole el truco a mi trabajo poco a poco.I'm getting the hang of my job little by little.
b. knack
Con práctica, voy a cogerle el truco.With practice, I'll get the knack of it.
3. (scheme)
a. trick
Convencieron a sus clientes de que era una buena inversión con un viejo truco.They convinced their clients that it was a good investment with the oldest trick in the book.
b. dodge
La práctica de solo aceptar efectivo era un truco para evitar pagar impuestos.The practice of only accepting cash was a dodge to avoid paying taxes.
4. (card games)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. truco
Cuando fui a Argentina aprendí a jugar truco.When I went to Argentina I learned to play truco.
trucos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (game)
a. billiards
Los jóvenes se juntaron a jugar trucos.The youngsters got together to play billiards.
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