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"Duro" is an adjective which is often translated as "hard", and "fuerte" is an adjective which is often translated as "strong". Learn more about the difference between "duro" and "fuerte" below.
duro(
doo
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roh
)
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!
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(dim-witted)
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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fuerte(
fwehr
-
teh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (robust)
a. strong
Está muy fuerte desde que empezó a levantar pesas.She is very strong since she started lifting weights.
b. sturdy
Tuvieron que construir una reja muy fuerte porque su perro rottweiler es enorme.They had to build a very sturdy fence because their Rottweiler is enormous.
2. (intense)
a. strong (flavor)
Algunos quesos franceses son muy fuertes.Some French cheeses are very strong.
b. heavy (rain)
La carretera está cerrada por las fuertes lluvias.The road is blocked due to the heavy rains.
c. loud (noise)
Oyó un golpe fuerte en la puerta de entrada.He heard a loud bang at the front gate.
d. bright (color)
La camisa del uniforme es rojo fuerte.The uniform shirt is bright red.
e. big (hug, kiss)
Te mando un abrazo muy fuerte desde España.I'm sending you a big hug from Spain.
3. (filling)
a. heavy
Debemos comer algo fuerte antes de hacer senderismo.We should eat something heavy before hiking.
4. (shocking)
a. disturbing
La película tenía escenas muy fuertes.The film had some very disturbing scenes.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (with great force)
a. hard
Le pegó muy fuerte, así que irá a la cárcel.He hit her hard, so he will go to jail.
6. (at elevated volume)
a. loudly
Por favor, hable fuerte para que pueda oírle con este ruido.Please, speak loudly so I can hear you with all this noise.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
7. (military)
a. fort
Este es el fuerte más viejo del país.This is the oldest fort in the country.
8. (specialty)
a. forte
Mi fuerte es cocinar comida mexicana.My forte is cooking Mexican food.
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