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"Problema" is a noun which is often translated as "problem", and "mano" is a noun which is often translated as "hand". Learn more about the difference between "problema" and "mano" below.
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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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (anatomy)
a. hand
Por favor, lávense las manos antes de cenar.Please, wash your hands before dinner.
2. (animal anatomy)
a. paw
Mi perro no podía mover la mano izquierda después del accidente.My dog couldn't move his left paw after the accident.
b. forefoot
La mano del oso estaba atrapada en una trampa.The bear's forefoot was caught in a trap.
c. front foot
Los sapos cogen la comida con sus manos.Toads grab food with their front feet.
3. (possession)
a. hand
Este bar ha cambiado de manos varias veces.This bar has changed hands several times.
4. (games)
a. hand
Anoche no gané ni una mano de póquer.I didn't win a single hand of poker last night.
b. lead (player)
¿Quién es mano ahora?Whose lead is it now?
5. (skill)
a. talent
Tiene mano para cuidar ancianos.She has a talent for taking care of elderly people.
6. (indicating location)
a. hand side
Tomen la tercera calle a mano izquierda.Take the third street on the left hand side.
7. (layer)
a. coat
A esta pared le iría bien una segunda mano de pintura.This wall could use a second coat of paint.
8. (utensil)
a. pestle
Añade un poco de sal a la mezcla en el mortero y machaca con la mano.Add a pinch of salt to mix in the mortar, and pound with the pestle.
9. (direction)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. way
No puedo seguir recto con el coche porque es una carretera de mano única.I can't drive straight ahead because it's a one-way road.
10. (sports)
a. handball
El árbitro pitó para señalar que había sido mano.The referee blew the whistle to signal it was handball.
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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(form of address)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. buddy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡A tu salud, mano!A toast to you, buddy!
b. bro
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Qué pasa, mano?What's up, bro?
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(United Kingdom)
¡Oye, mano! ¿Tienes un cigarro?Hey, mate! Do you have a cigarette?
d. pal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
¿Qué pasa, mano?What's up, pal?
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
12. (help)
a. workers
Necesito más manos para acabar el edificio a tiempo.I need more workers to finish the building on time.
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