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"Enmascarado" is a noun which is often translated as "masked man", and "a" is a preposition which is often translated as "to". Learn more about the difference between "enmascarado" and "a" below.
el enmascarado, la enmascarada(
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mahs
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kah
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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).
1. (person wearing a mask)
a. masked man (masculine)
El enmascarado fracasó en su intento de robar el banco.The masked man failed in his attempt to rob the bank.
b. masked woman (feminine)
Clara es la enmascarada de la obra. Hace el papel de la heroína.Clara is the masked woman in the play. She plays the part of the heroine.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (wearing a mask)
a. masked
Nunca había visto a tantas personas enmascaradas como en el baile de disfraces.I'd never seen so many masked people like I saw at the masquerade ball.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(disguised)
a. masked
Juan no se lo diría a nadie, pero tenía un interés enmascarado por lo bien que hacía su rival.Juan wouldn't tell anybody, but he had a masked interest in how well his rival was doing.
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a(
ah
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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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