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"Lavaplatos" is a noun which is often translated as "dishwasher", and "cocina" is a noun which is often translated as "kitchen". Learn more about the difference between "lavaplatos" and "cocina" below.
lavaplatos(
lah
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bah
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plah
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tohs
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (electrical appliance)
a. dishwasher
Cuando acabe el lavaplatos, vacíalo.When the dishwasher is done, unload it.
2. (basin) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. sink
Llené el lavaplatos de agua y dejé la cacerola en remojo toda la noche.I filled the sink with water and left the saucepan to soak overnight.
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).
3. (profession)
a. dishwasher
Durante las vacaciones de verano, trabajaba como lavaplatos en un restaurante.During summer vacation, I worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant.
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cocina(
koh
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see
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nah
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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. (room)
a. kitchen
Cenamos en la cocina a menudo.We often have dinner in the kitchen.
2. (electrical appliance)
a. stove
Compramos una cocina eléctrica nueva.We bought a new electric stove.
b. range
Se puede controlar la temperatura mejor con una cocina de gas.You can control the temperature better on a gas range.
c. cooker (United Kingdom)
En esta cocina se pueden acomodar cuatro ollas grandes a la vez.You can get four big pots on this cooker at the same time.
3. (activity)
a. cooking
Me resulta difícil hacer dieta porque me encanta la cocina.I find dieting very difficult, because I love cooking.
b. cuisine
La pareja tomó un curso de alta cocina francesa.The couple did a French haute cuisine course.
c. cookery
Quiero un libro de cocina española para Navidad.I want a Spanish cookery book for Christmas.
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