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"Piso" is a noun which is often translated as "floor", and "suelo" is a noun which is often translated as "ground". Learn more about the difference between "piso" and "suelo" below.
piso(
pee
-
soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (level)
a. floor
El restaurante está en el tercer piso.The restaurant is on the third floor.
b. story
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Vivimos en un edificio de diez pisos.We live in a ten-story building.
c. storey (United Kingdom)
¿Cuántos pisos tiene el edificio más alto del mundo?How many storeys does the tallest building in the world have?
d. deck (in a bus)
Me encanta sentarme en el piso de arriba del autobús.I love to sit on the upper deck of the bus.
2. (part of a cake)
a. tier
Hemos encargado un pastel de cinco pisos para la celebración.We have ordered a five-tier cake for the celebration.
b. layer
El pastel tenía tres pisos de diferentes sabores.The cake had three layers of different flavors.
3. (surface)
a. floor (indoors)
¡Niños, no dejen los juguetes por el piso!Kids, don't leave your toys on the floor!
b. ground (outdoors)
La niña tropezó con una piedra y se cayó al piso.The girl tripped over a stone and fell to the ground.
4. (living space)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. apartment
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Has visto el piso que se han comprado en la ciudad?Have you seen the apartment they have bought in the city?
b. flat (United Kingdom)
Su piso siempre está bien limpio.Their flat is always really clean.
5. (bottom of shoe)
a. sole
Me parecen más prácticos estos zapatos con piso de goma.I think these shoes with a rubber sole are more practical.
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suelo(
sweh
-
loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (terrain)
a. ground
Había hojas caídas por todo el suelo.There were fallen leaves all over the ground.
b. floor
Se derramó la leche por el suelo.The milk was spilled on the floor.
c. soil
Van a construir la fábrica en suelo argentino.They are building the manufacturing plant on Argentinian soil.
d. land
Ha heredado todo el suelo de la granja de sus padres.She has inherited all the land from her parent's farm.
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