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"Es alto" is a phrase which is often translated as "he's tall", and "flaco" is an adjective which is often translated as "thin". Learn more about the difference between "es alto" and "flaco" below.
es alto(
ehs
 
ahl
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toh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (third person singular)
a. he's tall
Es alto y guapo, y también inteligente y simpático.He's tall and handsome, and also intelligent and funny.
b. it's tall
Es alto y moderno, y está ubicado en el centro de la ciudad.It's tall and modern, and it's located in the city center.
c. is tall
El Sr. Pérez es alto y muy gordo.Mr. Perez is tall and very fat.
d. it's high
Es alto en azúcar, no deberías comerlo tan seguido.It's high in sugar, you shouldn't eat it so often
e. is high
El volcán es alto e imponente, pero está inactivo.The volcano is high and impressive, but it's dormant.
2.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(second person singular)
a. you're tall
Es usted más alto de lo que imaginé.You're taller than I imagined.
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flaco(
flah
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koh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (slim)
a. thin
Algunas modelos están demasiado flacas.Some models are too thin.
b. skinny
Está muy flaco después de un mes fuera de casa.He is very skinny after a month away from home.
2. (poor)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Hizo un flaco servicio a su familia comprando esas tierras.He did a disservice to his family by buying that land.
Esta mala noticia hace un flaco favor a la Bolsa.This bad news does the Stock Market no favors.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(weak)
a. feeble
Tenía la flaca memoria de una anciana.She had the feeble memory of an elderly lady.
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