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"Año" is a noun which is often translated as "year", and "fecha" is a noun which is often translated as "date". Learn more about the difference between "año" and "fecha" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (period of time)
a. year
El año pasado nos mudamos a Madrid.Last year we moved to Madrid.
2. (of school)
a. grade
Si fallo el examen tendré que repetir el año.If I fail this test, I will have to repeat the grade.
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (precise day)
a. date
Todavía no nos dieron la fecha del examen.We haven't been told the exam date yet.
b. appointment
Ya tengo fecha para la cirugía.I've already got an appointment for my surgery.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
2. (period of time)
a. time of the year
Las fiestas de Navidad son fechas alegres para la mayoría.Christmas is a happy time of the year for most.
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