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"Error" is a noun which is often translated as "mistake", and "acierto" is a noun which is often translated as "correct answer". Learn more about the difference between "error" and "acierto" below.
error(
eh
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rrohr
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (something incorrect)
a. mistake
Creo que sería un error no admitir que tenemos la culpa.I think it would be a mistake not to admit that we're at fault.
b. error
La página no está cargando por causa de un error en el código.The page isn't loading because of an error in the code.
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acierto(
ah
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syehr
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (good guess)
a. correct answer
Un acierto más y ganas el premio.One more correct answer and you win the prize.
2. (sound judgement)
a. good decision
Restringir las importaciones y promover la industrial local fue un acierto.Restricting imports and promoting local industry was a good decision.
b. good move
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Fue un acierto haber comprado los pasajes hace dos semanas.It was a good move to buy the tickets two weeks ago.
c. wise move
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Tomar una posición defensiva fue un acierto del Real Madrid.Assuming a defensive position was a wise move on the part of Real Madrid.
d. good call
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Se largó a llover. Fue un acierto haber retrasado el picnic.It started raining. It was a good call to postpone the picnic.
3. (ability)
a. skill
El comandante guió a sus hombres en la batalla con gran acierto y valentía increíble.The commanded led his men into battle with great skill and unbelievable bravery.
4. (sound judgement)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Un enfoque retributivo puede enmascarar lo que con acierto se denomina "venganza en represalia".A retributive approach may mask what is aptly termed retaliatory vengeance.
El juez dictaminó que el acusado había actuado con acierto al no pagar su deuda.The judge ruled that the defendant had acted rightly in not paying his debt.
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