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"Pago" is a noun which is often translated as "payment", and "paga" is a noun which is often translated as "pay". Learn more about the difference between "pago" and "paga" below.
pago(
pah
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goh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (remuneration)
a. payment
Tengo que hacer el pago del coche el cinco de este mes.I need to make my car payment on the fifth of this month.
2. (compensation)
a. reward
Las sonrisas de los niños fueron pago suficiente.The children's smiles were reward enough.
3. (area)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. region
Mucha gente habla quechua por estos pagos de Perú.A lot of people speak Quechua around this region of Peru.
4. (homeland)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. home turf
Después de pasar dos años en París, estaba contento de volver a sus pagos en Uruguay.After spending two years in Paris, he was glad to get back to his home turf in Uruguay.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (taken care of)
a. paid for
El almuerzo ya está pago así que nos podemos ir.The lunch is already paid for so we can go.
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paga(
pah
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gah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (earnings from work)
a. pay
La paga en este trabajo de construcción es mínima.The pay at this construction job is minimal.
b. wages
La paga aquí es buena, pero las horas son largas.The wages are good here, but the hours are long.
c. salary
Gana una paga de $100,000 al año.She earns a salary of $100,000 a year.
2. (an amount of money)
a. payment
El pedido se enviará al recibir la paga.The order will be shipped when payment is received.
3. (child's allowance)
a. allowance
Hernán les da cinco dólares de paga por semana a sus hijos.Hernán gives his children an allowance of five dollars a week.
b. pocket money (United Kingdom)
Ricky recibe una paga de diez pesos por semana.Ricky gets ten pesos' pocket money a week.
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