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"Gabinete" is a noun which is often translated as "office", and "sala" is a noun which is often translated as "living room". Learn more about the difference between "gabinete" and "sala" below.
gabinete(
gah
-
bee
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neh
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (place of business)
a. office
Además de él, en el gabinete trabajan dos abogados y un contable.Other than himself, two lawyers and an accountant work in his office.
2. (politics)
a. cabinet
Es el presidente quien designa al secretario del Gabinete de Ministros.The secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers is appointed by the president.
3. (department)
a. office
Todos nuestros clientes tienen a su disposición nuestro gabinete de asesoría jurídica.Our office of legal advisors is available to all our clients.
4. (practice)
a. office
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El gabinete médico está en el primer piso.The doctor's office is on the first floor.
b. surgery (United Kingdom)
Cuando acabó odontología, abrió un gabinete con un compañero de estudios.When she finished dentistry, she opened a surgery with a classmate.
5. (room)
a. private sitting room (parlor)
La duquesa siempre recibía en su gabinete.The duchess always received her visitors in her private sitting room.
b. study (library)
Mi padre solía pasar la mañana en su gabinete, leyendo y escribiendo.My father used to spend his morning in his study, reading and writing.
c. studio (atelier)
Prefiero que no entre nadie cuando estoy pintando en mi gabinete.I'd rather nobody comes in when I am painting in my studio.
6. (science)
a. laboratory
Ya hemos enviado las muestras al gabinete de análisis clínico.We've already sent the samples to the clinical analysis laboratory.
7. (kitchen cupboard)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. cabinet
Los platos están en el gabinete de la derecha.The plates are in the cabinet on the right.
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sala(
sah
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lah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (room in a house)
a. living room
Compramos un sofá nuevo para la sala.We bought a new sofa for the living room.
b. sitting room
Tomamos el té en la sala mientras lo esperábamos.We had tea in the sitting room while we waited for him.
2. (public place)
a. courtroom
Mi abogado me esperó en la sala.My lawyer waited for me at the courtroom.
b. ward
Tuvimos que ir a la sala de maternidad para verla.We had to go to the maternity ward to visit her.
c. movie theater
La película se estrenó en todas las salas de la ciudad.The movie was released in all the movie theaters in town.
d. hall
Van a actuar en la sala de conciertos.They are going to perform in the concert hall.
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