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"Espía" is a noun which is often translated as "spy", and "destruir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to destroy". Learn more about the difference between "espía" and "destruir" below.
el espía, la espía(
ehs
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pee
-
ah
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (secret agent)
a. spy
El espía llevaba una gabardina larga y unas gafas de sol para no ser descubierto.The spy was wearing a long raincoat and sunglasses so as not to be identified.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (intelligence-gathering)
a. spy
Los radares del submarino no pudieron detectar el robot espía porque era muy pequeño.The submarine radars couldn't detect the spy robot because it was too small.
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destruir(
dehs
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trweer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to ravage)
a. to destroy
Los niños destruyeron el castillo de arena.The kids destroyed the sand castle.
b. to demolish
Vamos a destruir estas dos casas y construir una nueva más grande.We are going to demolish these two houses and build a bigger one.
2. (to end)
a. to wreck
Las discusiones políticas destruyeron su amistad.Political arguments wrecked their friendship.
b. to destroy
El huracán destruyó sus planes de vacaciones.The hurricane destroyed their vacation plans.
c. to demolish
Dr. Banderas destruyó la hipótesis del Dr. Magallanes.Dr. Banderas demolished Dr. Magallanes' hypothesis.
d. to dash
La explosión esta mañana destruyó cualquier esperanza de una resolución pronta al conflicto.The explosion this morning dashed any hopes of a quick resolution to the conflict.
e. to shatter
El helicóptero se estrelló y destrozó la esperanza de John de ser rescatado.The helicopter crashed and shattered John's hope of being rescued.
f. to ruin
La foto comprometedora destruyó su candidatura.The compromising photo ruined his candidacy.
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