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"Pecho" is a noun which is often translated as "chest", and "espalda" is a noun which is often translated as "back". Learn more about the difference between "pecho" and "espalda" below.
pecho(
peh
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choh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (anatomy)
a. chest
Fui a Canadá y lo único que me traje es un resfriado en el pecho.I went to Canada and the only souvenir I brought back is a chest cold.
2. (woman's bust)
a. breast
La pelota pegó su pecho izquierdo cuando estaba jugando al béisbol.The ball hit her left breast while playing baseball.
b. bust
Como resultado del embarazo, su pecho ya está más grande.As a result of her pregnancy, her bust is now larger.
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espalda(
ehs
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pahl
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dah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (anatomy)
a. back
Me lastimé la espalda moviendo un mueble pesado.I hurt my back moving heavy furniture.
2. (sports)
a. backstroke
Mi vecino es campeón de espalda y de estilo libre.My neighbor is a backstroke and freestyle champion.
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