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"Duraba" is a form of "durar", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to last". "Duro" is an adjective which is often translated as "hard". Learn more about the difference between "duro" and "duraba" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not soft)
a. hard
El titanio es un material duro.Titanium is a hard substance.
b. tough
La carne está dura, no la puedo masticar.The meat is tough; I can't chew it.
c. stale
Después de dos días el pan se pone duro.Bread goes stale after two days.
2. (rigid)
a. stiff
La caja de velocidades se pone dura cuando hace frío.The gearbox gets stiff when it's cold.
3. (strong)
a. tough
Es un tipo muy duro; corre 15 millas todos los días.He's a really tough guy; he runs 15 miles every day.
b. hard
Ese tipo se cree muy duro, pero debes de verlo con su gatito.That guy thinks he's so hard, but you should see him around his kitten.
4. (stern)
a. harsh
"No toques mis cosas," le dijo Armando a su hermanito con voz dura."Don't touch my stuff," Armando told his little brother in a harsh tone.
b. severe
Sus críticas fueron duras pero ciertas.His critiques were severe, but accurate.
5. (difficult)
a. hard
Híjole, ¡el examen de historia estuvo bien duro!Man, the history test was super hard!
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. thick
Mi perro es un poco duro para los trucos.My dog is a bit thick when it comes to tricks.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (with vigor)
a. hard
Manny Pacquiao y Juan Manual Márquez se pegaron duro durante la pelea.Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez hit each other hard during the match.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
8. (tough character)
a. tough guy
El duro de esta película es Sylvester Stallone.The tough guy in this movie is Sylvester Stallone.
9. (old Spanish coin)
a. five-peseta coin
Esa máquina solo acepta duros.That machine only takes five-peseta coins.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to go on)
a. to last
La crisis económica no puede durar para siempre.The economic crisis cannot last forever.
b. to be long
La película dura dos horas aproximadamente.The film is approximately two hours long.
2. (to continue being usable)
a. to last
Un bolso de buena calidad te puede durar años.A good quality bag can last you for years.
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