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"Escalera" is a noun which is often translated as "stairs", and "serpiente" is a noun which is often translated as "snake". Learn more about the difference between "escalera" and "serpiente" below.
escalera(
ehs
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kah
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leh
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rah
)
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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serpiente(
sehr
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pyehn
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teh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (animal)
a. snake
Vimos una serpiente escurrirse de su madriguera en el desierto.We saw a snake slither out of its burrow in the desert.
b. serpent
El pasaje del barco fue obstruido por una serpiente de mar iridiscente.The ship's way was blocked by an iridescent sea serpent.
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