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"Efecto" is a noun which is often translated as "effect", and "letra" is a noun which is often translated as "letter". Learn more about the difference between "efecto" and "letra" below.
efecto(
eh
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fehk
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (result)
a. effect
El tratamiento tuvo el efecto deseado en el paciente.The treatment had the desired effect on the patient.
2. (impact)
a. effect
El maltrato tiene un efecto negativo en el desarrollo del niño.Abuse has a negative effect on a child's development.
b. impression
Su actitud arrogante causó un efecto negativo en los presentes.Her arrogant attitude made a bad impression on the people there.
3. (aim)
a. purpose
Y a los efectos que le convengan, le envío este documento.Accordingly, I am duly sending you this document for whatever purposes it may be required.
4. (commerce)
a. stock
El resto de los efectos se encuentra en la bodega.The rest of the stock is in the warehouse.
5. (finance)
a. bill of exchange
El banco hizo unos cargos por el efecto.The bank charged a fee for the bill of exchange.
b. draft
Se tiene que firmar el efecto para que tenga validez.The draft needs to be signed in order to be valid.
6. (validity)
a. effect
La ley entró en efecto en junio de este año.This law came into effect in June this year.
7. (spinning motion)
a. spin
Arturo le dio un golpe con efecto a la pelota.Arturo put a spin on the ball.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Cómo se le da efecto a la pelota?How do you get the ball to swerve?
Juan estuvo practicando para darle efecto al balón.Juan has been practicing making the ball swerve.
8. (trick)
a. effect
La película sobre el espacio tiene unos efectos especiales asombrosos.The space movie has some amazing special effects.
efectos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (possessions)
a. goods
El dueño de la empresa tuvo que vender todos sus efectos como resultado de la quiebra.Bankruptcy caused the owner of the company to have to sell all his possessions.
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letra(
leh
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trah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (symbol of the alphabet)
a. letter
Este teclado no tiene la letra "ñ".This keyboard doesn't have the letter "ñ."
2. (calligraphy)
a. handwriting
Siempre se ha dicho que los médicos tienen muy mala letra.It's always been said that doctors have really sloppy handwriting.
b. writing
¿Qué dice aquí? No te entiendo la letra.What does it say here? I can't read your writing.
3. (music)
a. words
La cantante escribió la letra y la música de esta canción.The singer wrote the words and the music to this song.
b. lyrics
Primero compuse la música, y luego le añadí la letra.I first composed the music, and then added the lyrics to it.
4. (finance)
a. installment (payment)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Hoy pagué la última letra del televisor.I paid the last installment for the television today.
b. instalment (payment) (United Kingdom)
Todavía nos quedan cuatro letras para acabar de pagarlo.We still have four instalments left to finish paying for it.
c. bill (document)
Fueron tiempos difíciles. Continuamente nos llegaban letras que no podíamos pagar.They were difficult times. We continuously received bills we couldn't pay.
5. (literal interpretation)
a. literal meaning
Ateniéndose a la letra de la ley, el consumo de esta droga es ilegal.Sticking to the literal meaning of the law, the use of this drug is illegal.
letras
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (education)
a. arts
¿Vas a hacer ciencias o letras?Will you study arts or science?
7. (short text)
a. line
Les pondré unas letras agradeciéndoles la invitación.I'll drop them a line thanking them for the invitation.
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