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"Engaño" is a noun which is often translated as "deceit", and "truco" is a noun which is often translated as "trick". Learn more about the difference between "engaño" and "truco" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of deceiving)
a. deceit
La empresa recurrió al engaño para justificar el despido de empleados.The company resorted to deceit in order to justify the layoff of employees.
b. deception
Gómez es un hombre que está acostumbrado al engaño.Gómez is a man who's used to deception.
2. (ruse)
a. trick
¿Dices que fue todo un engaño? ¿Entonces nunca hablaste con Elvis?You're telling me it was nothing but a trick? So you never spoke to Elvis?
b. ploy
Kevin ideó un engaño que resultó efectivo para mantener lejos a sus oponentes.Kevin devised an effective ploy to hold off his opponents.
c. hoax
¿Crees que ese video de la autopsia a un extraterrestre es un engaño montado por el gobierno?Do you think that video of an alien autopsy is a hoax perpetrated by the government?
d. swindle
Algunos tipos de negocios, como los esquemas de pirámides, son un engaño.Some kinds of businesses, like pyramid schemes, are a swindle.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (deceit)
a. trick
El mago hizo un truco para los niños.The magician performed a trick for the children.
2. (skill)
a. hang
Estoy tomándole el truco a mi trabajo poco a poco.I'm getting the hang of my job little by little.
b. knack
Con práctica, voy a cogerle el truco.With practice, I'll get the knack of it.
3. (scheme)
a. trick
Convencieron a sus clientes de que era una buena inversión con un viejo truco.They convinced their clients that it was a good investment with the oldest trick in the book.
b. dodge
La práctica de solo aceptar efectivo era un truco para evitar pagar impuestos.The practice of only accepting cash was a dodge to avoid paying taxes.
4. (card games)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. truco
Cuando fui a Argentina aprendí a jugar truco.When I went to Argentina I learned to play truco.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (game)
a. billiards
Los jóvenes se juntaron a jugar trucos.The youngsters got together to play billiards.
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