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"Sello" is a noun which is often translated as "stamp", and "sobre" is a preposition which is often translated as "on". Learn more about the difference between "sello" and "sobre" below.
sello(
seh
-
yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (mailing)
a. stamp
Esta carta requiere que pongas tres sellos por su peso.This letter requires three stamps because of its weight.
2. (label)
a. rubber stamp (tool)
Al fin ha llegado el sello para estampar las cartas oficiales.The rubber stamp has finally arrived to stamp the official letters.
b. stamp (mark)
El sello al final del papel está borroso y no se puede leer.The stamp at the bottom of the paper is blurred and cannot be read.
c. seal (wax seal)
Siempre cierro mis cartas con un sello que lleva mis iniciales.I always seal my letters with a seal bearing my initials.
3. (publisher)
a. record label (music)
El cantante estaba emocionado por su reunión con el sello famoso.The singer was very excited about his meeting with the famous record label.
4. (logo)
a. brand
Todo el mundo puede reconocer el sello de McDonald's.The whole world can recognize the McDonald's brand.
5. (characteristic)
a. hallmark
El sello del poeta Robert Frost es su maestría de rima y métrica.The poet Robert Frost's hallmark is his mastery over rhyme and meter.
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sobre(
soh
-
breh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (atop)
a. on
¡No pongas los pies sobre la mesa!Don't put your feet on the table!
2. (relating to)
a. about
La conferencia es sobre la tecnología.The conference is about technology.
3. (above)
a. over
El pájaro se alzó y voló sobre nuestras cabezas.The bird rose and flew over our heads.
4. (approximately)
a. about
Siguiendo la receta, debería tardar en cocinarse sobre ocho minutos.Following the recipe, it should take about eight minutes to cook.
b. around
Mi clase tiene sobre 15 o 20 alumnos.My class has around 15 or 20 students.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (cover)
a. envelope
Abrió rápidamente el sobre y sacó la carta de su interior.He tore open the envelope and pulled out the letter inside.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(bed)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
a. sack
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
En cuanto llegué, me metí en el sobre.As soon as I arrived, I hit the sack.
7. (handbag)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
(River Plate)
a. clutch bag
Necesito un sobre que combine con mis zapatos plateados.I need a clutch bag to match my silver shoes.
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