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"Mar" is a noun which is often translated as "sea", and "playa" is a noun which is often translated as "beach". Learn more about the difference between "mar" and "playa" below.
el mar, la mar(
mahr
)
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. (body of water)
a. sea
El agua del mar Caribe es de un color turquesa vivo.The water of the Caribbean Sea is a bright turquoise color.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(abundance)
a. world
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Siempre ha habido un mar de diferencia entre nosotros.There's always been a world of difference between us.
b. wave
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Cuando entré en la cocina, me abofeteó un mar de olores deliciosos.When I went into the kitchen, I was hit by a wave of delicious smells.
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playa(
plah
-
yah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (area next to the ocean)
a. beach
Ayer fuimos a dar un paseo por la playa al amanecer.We went for a walk on the beach at sunrise yesterday.
2. (coast)
a. seaside
Este año preferimos ir a la playa en vez de las montañas.We'd rather go to the seaside instead of the mountains this year.
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