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"Encrespado" is an adjective which is often translated as "curly", and "a" is a preposition which is often translated as "to". Learn more about the difference between "encrespado" and "a" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (curled)
a. curly
Maritza tiene el cabello largo y encrespado.Maritza has long, curly hair.
2. (frizzed)
a. frizzy
Salí a caminar bajo la llovizna y ahora mi cabello está todo encrespado.I went out for a walk in the drizzle and now my hair's all frizzy.
3. (rough)
a. choppy
No salgas en el bote hoy porque el mar está muy encrespado y es peligroso.Don't go out in the boat today. The sea is choppy and it's dangerous.
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a(
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate direction)
a. to
Ve a tu habitación.Go to your room.
2. (used to indicate position)
a. to
A la izquierda puedes ver el parque.To your left you can see the park.
3. (used to indicate an exact moment)
a. at
Saldremos al amanecer.We will leave at dawn.
4. (used to indicate mode)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Podía respirar a duras penas.He was hardly able to breathe.
5. (the personal "a")
a. to
No te olvides de escribir a tus abuelos.Don't forget to write to your grandparents.
6. (used to give orders)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡A fregar los platos!Go do the dishes!
¡A la cama!Off to bed!
7. (used with quantities)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me encantaría ganar dinero a espuertas.I would love to earn lots of money.
Llovía a cántaros.It was pouring.
8. (used to express purpose)
a. to
Vino a saludar.He came to say hello.
9. (used to express frequency)
a. per
Trabajo ocho horas al día.I work eight hours per day.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
10. (letter)
a. a
Ese adjetivo debe terminar con una a.That adjective should end in an a.
11. (music)
a. A
El pianista tocó una A.The pianist played an A.
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