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"Es decir" is a phrase which is often translated as "that is to say", and "o sea" is a phrase which is often translated as "in other words". Learn more about the difference between "es decir" and "o sea" below.
es decir(
ehs
 
deh
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seer
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (another way to say)
a. that is to say
La piscina está contaminada, es decir, ¡no te bañes en ella!The swimming pool is contaminated; that is to say, don't swim in it!
b. that is
No tienes que venir, es decir, si no quieres.You don't have to come, that is, if you don't want to.
c. in other words
Me queda un montón de tarea para hacer, es decir, no puedo acompañarte al cine.I still have a ton of homework to do; in other words, I can't go with you to the movies.
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o sea(
oh
 
seh
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ah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to restate something)
a. in other words
Estoy ocupado ese día. O sea, no puedo venir a la fiesta.I'm busy that day. In other words, I can't come to the party.
b. that is to say
El inquilino, o sea tú, debe mantener el apartamento en buenas condiciones.The tenant—that is to say, you—must keep the apartment in good condition.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to express incredulity)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. damn
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Leonard se acaba de comprar un Ferrari. - ¡O sea!Leonard just bought himself a Ferrari. - Damn!
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