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"En blanco" is a phrase which is often translated as "blank", and "negro" is an adjective which is often translated as "black". Learn more about the difference between "en blanco" and "negro" below.
en blanco(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (unfilled)
a. blank
El principal reto de un escritor es el de tener que enfrentarse a la página en blanco.A writer's main challenge is that of having to face the blank page.
b. empty
Si no sabe la respuesta a alguna de las preguntas, deje el espacio en blanco.If you don't know the answer to any of the questions, just leave an empty space.
2. (not remembering)
a. blank
Luis dice que había estudiado mucho, pero que en el examen se le quedó la mente en blanco.Luis says that he'd studied a lot, but that his mind went blank during the exam.
3. (wakeful)
a. sleepless
Estaba muy preocupado y pasé la noche en blanco.I was very worried and had a sleepless night.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (color)
a. black
¿Prefieres el vestido rojo o el negro?Do you prefer the red dress or the black dress?
b. dark (eyes)
Tiene unos ojos negros de impresión.He has striking dark eyes.
2. (skin color)
a. black
Mi padre es blanco y mi madre es negra.My father is white and my mother is black.
3. (bronzed)
a. tanned
Pasó dos días en la playa y volvió completamente negra.She spent two days at the seaside and was completely tanned on her return.
4. (pessimistic)
a. gloomy
Tiene una visión muy negra de la vida.She takes a very gloomy view of life.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡Estoy negro de esperar!I'll have enough of waiting!
¡Me pone negra que la gente sea tan maleducada!It drives me crazy when people are so rude!
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
6. (color)
a. black
El negro pega con todo.Black suits everything.
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).
7. (person)
a. black person
Muchos negros de los Estados Unidos emigraron a Liberia en el siglo XIX.Many black people in the United States emigrated to Liberia in the 19th century.
8. (writer)
a. ghostwriter
Contrató a un negro para que escribiera sus memorias.He hired a ghostwriter to write his memoirs.
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