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"Escaño" is a noun which is often translated as "bench", and "plaza" is a noun which is often translated as "square". Learn more about the difference between "escaño" and "plaza" below.
escaño(
ehs
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kah
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nyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (furniture)
a. bench
En el salón de baile, había un enorme hogar y dos escaños antiguos de caoba.In the ballroom, there was a large fireplace and two old mahogany benches.
2. (politics)
a. seat
Los demócratas perdieron seis escaños en el Senado.The Democrats lost six seats in the Senate.
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plaza(
plah
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sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (open space)
a. square
Se conocieron en la plaza del pueblo.They met at the town square.
2. (commerce)
a. market
Fueron a la plaza para comprar frutas frescas.They went to the market to buy fresh fruit.
3. (position of work)
a. job
Ella solicitó una plaza en la empresa textil.She applied for a job at the textile company.
4. (space)
a. place
Encontraron una plaza de aparcamiento inmediatamente.They found a parking spot immediately.
5. (place to sit)
a. seat
Te guardaré una plaza en el teatro.I'll save you a seat in the theater.
6. (bullfighting)
a. arena
La plaza de toros está muy cerca de aquí.The bullfighting arena is very close to here.
7. (fortress)
a. stronghold
El ejército protegió la plaza de los enemigos.The army protected the fortress from the enemies.
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