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"Diseño" is a noun which is often translated as "design", and "es decir" is a phrase which is often translated as "that is to say". Learn more about the difference between "diseño" and "es decir" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of designing)
a. design
La etapa de diseño del edificio ya casi se termina.The design phase of the building is almost over.
2. (plan)
a. sketch
He hecho un diseño rápido de cómo se verá el edificio en este entorno.I've made a quick sketch of how the building will look in this setting.
b. design
El diseño de la cartelera está listo para su aprobación.The billboard design is ready for your approval.
c. drawing
Me gustó el diseño que me enseñaste del nuevo sofá.I liked the drawing you showed me of the new sofa.
3. (decorative marking)
a. pattern
Esa planta tiene un diseño hermoso en las hojas.That plant has a beautiful pattern on its leaves.
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es decir(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (another way to say)
a. that is to say
La piscina está contaminada, es decir, ¡no te bañes en ella!The swimming pool is contaminated; that is to say, don't swim in it!
b. that is
No tienes que venir, es decir, si no quieres.You don't have to come, that is, if you don't want to.
c. in other words
Me queda un montón de tarea para hacer, es decir, no puedo acompañarte al cine.I still have a ton of homework to do; in other words, I can't go with you to the movies.
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