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"Cuaderno" is a noun which is often translated as "notebook", and "libreta" is a noun which is also often translated as "notebook". Learn more about the difference between "cuaderno" and "libreta" below.
cuaderno(
kwah
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dehr
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noh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (for notes)
a. notebook
Saquen sus cuadernos y tomen notas.Take out your notebooks and take notes.
2. (exercises)
a. exercise book
Por favor, hagan los ejercicios en la página 33 de sus cuadernos.Please do the exercises on page 33 of your exercise books.
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libreta(
lee
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breh
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tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (office supplies)
a. notebook
Voy a anotar tu número de teléfono en mi libreta.Let me write down your phone number in my notebook.
2. (finance)
a. savings book
El empleado del banco me pidió la libreta.The banker asked for my savings book.
3. (transport)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
a. driver's license
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Detuve el coche al costado del camino y le mostré mi libreta al policía.I pulled over and showed the police officer my driver's license.
b. driving licence (United Kingdom)
Perdí la billetera que tenía la libreta y la tarjeta de crédito.I lost my wallet which had my driving licence and credit card in it.
4. (military)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
a. certificate of military service
La única prueba que tenía para demostrar que estuve en el ejército era la libreta.The only proof that I had that I was in the army was my certificate of military service.
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