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"Escalera" is a noun which is often translated as "stairs", and "bloque" is a noun which is often translated as "block". Learn more about the difference between "escalera" and "bloque" below.
escalera(
ehs
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kah
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leh
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rah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (in a building)
a. stairs
Tuvimos que subir por las escaleras.We had to go up the stairs.
b. stairway
La escalera da al mar.The stairway leads to the ocean.
c. staircase
Las escaleras están oscuras de noche.The staircase is dark at night.
2. (portable)
a. ladder
Los bomberos siempre llevan una escalera en su camión.The firefighters always carry a ladder on their truck.
3. (cards)
a. straight
Su full le ganó a mi escalera.Her full house beat my straight.
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bloque(
bloh
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keh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (solid piece)
a. block
Vi una foto de unos osos polares en un gran bloque de hielo.I saw a photo of polar bears on a big block of ice.
2. (building)
a. block
Van demoler estas casas para construir un bloque de oficinas.They are going to demolish these houses to build an office block.
3. (politics)
a. bloc
En la guerra fría, cada bloque tenía su propia alianza militar: el bloque occidental, la OTAN; y el bloque del Este, el Pacto de Varsovia.Each bloc had its own military alliance during the Cold War: the West had NATO, and the Eastern bloc had the Warsaw Pact.
4. (computing)
a. block
Si utiliza el 100% de sus datos, puede adquirir un bloque de datos adicional de 2 gigabytes.If you reach 100% of your data, you can purchase an additional 2 gigabyte data block.
5. (mechanics)
a. cylinder block
Si el bloque se rompe o se daña, el motor del carro no funcionará.If the cylinder block gets damaged or broken, the car's engine won't work.
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