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"Lavaplatos" is a noun which is often translated as "dishwasher", and "sala" is a noun which is often translated as "living room". Learn more about the difference between "lavaplatos" and "sala" below.
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
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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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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