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"Problema" is a noun which is often translated as "problem", and "área" is a noun which is often translated as "area". Learn more about the difference between "problema" and "área" below.
problema(
proh
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bleh
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mah
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (difficulty)
a. problem
Aún no hay solución para el problema de la violencia en las calles de nuestra ciudad.There is still no solution to the problem of violence in the streets of our city.
b. trouble
El problema de ser rico es que no sabes quiénes son tus verdaderos amigos.The trouble with being rich is that you don't know who your real friends are.
2. (exercise)
a. problem
Tienen hora y media para resolver todos los problemas del examen.You have an hour and a half to solve all the problems in the exam.
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área(
ah
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reh
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ah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (zone)
a. area
Nuestras oficinas están dentro del área metropolitana de Washington DC.Our offices are located within the metropolitan area of Washington DC.
Estas áreas protegidas aportan beneficios importantes para el bienestar humano.These protected areas offer significant benefits for human well-being.
2. (mathematics or geometry)
a. area
Si el radio de un círculo es tres pulgadas, ¿cuál es el área?If the radius of a circle is three inches, what is the area?
3. (sector)
a. area
Nuestra empresa quiere contratar más profesionales en el área de la tecnología de la información.Our company wants to hire more professionals in the area of information technology.
b. field
En este país se ha progresado poco en el área de la educación especial.Little progress has been made in the field of special education in this country.
4. (sports)
a. penalty area
Ese futbolista se luce hasta llegar al área, pero no convierte goles.This soccer player is brilliant till he reaches the penalty area, but he can't score goals.
5. (measurement)
a. are (100 square meters)
En algunos países todavía se utiliza el área para medir un terreno.In some countries the are is still used for measuring the size of plots of land.
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