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"Es cierto" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's true", and "falso" is an adjective which is often translated as "false". Learn more about the difference between "es cierto" and "falso" below.
es cierto(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (it's certain)
a. it's true
Es cierto que he mentido antes, pero ahora estoy diciendo la verdad.It's true that I've lied before, but this time I'm telling the truth.
b. is true
El relato es cierto. Yo estaba presente.The story is true. I was there.
2. (in questions)
a. is it true
¿Es cierto que escuchaste dos disparos?Is it true that you heard two gunshots?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (untrue)
a. false (accusation or rumor)
Yo estoy convencida de que sus acusaciones son totalmente falsas.I'm convinced her accusations are completely false.
2. (not real)
a. false (drawer, ceiling, name)
Uno de los cajones del escritorio tiene un fondo falso.One of the desk drawers has a false bottom.
b. fake (jewel or painting)
El anillo de diamantes que lleva es falso.The diamond ring that she's wearing is fake.
3. (falsified)
a. false (document)
Su acta de nacimiento resultó ser falsa.Her birth certificate turned out to be false.
b. fake (document)
Entró en el país con un pasaporte falso.He entered the country using a fake passport.
c. forged (document or money)
Se ha demostrado que los documentos son falsos.The documents have been proven to be forged.
d. counterfeit (money)
Voy a pagar y me dicen que mi billete es falso.I go to pay and I'm told that my bill is counterfeit.
4. (dishonest)
a. false (smile or person)
Tiene una sonrisa muy falsa.She has a very false smile.
b. insincere (person)
No me cae bien Francisco porque es muy falso.I don't like Francisco because he is very insincere.
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