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"Escalinata" is a noun which is often translated as "staircase", and "escalera" is a noun which is often translated as "stairs". Learn more about the difference between "escalinata" and "escalera" below.
escalinata(
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kah
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lee
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nah
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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. (architecture)
a. staircase
Al bajar corriendo la escalinata, a la princesa se le cayó el zapato.While running down the staircase, the princess lost her shoe.
b. steps (plural)
La escalinata que subía al palacio era de mármol.The steps leading up to the palace were made of marble.
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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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