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"Ese" is an adjective which is often translated as "that", and "vato" is a noun which is often translated as "dude". Learn more about the difference between "ese" and "vato" below.
ese(
eh
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seh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (demonstrative)
a. that (masculine singular)
Ese coche es el que más me gusta.That car is the one I like best.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (demonstrative)
a. that one (masculine singular)
Eligió ese, el que está más cerca.She chose that one, the nearest one.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
3. (letter)
a. s
"Hacer" no se escribe con ese."Hacer" isn't spelt with an "s."
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vato(
bah
-
toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(man)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. dude
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El vato por fin anotó un gol.The dude finally scored a goal.
b. guy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El vato que me vendió este carro tenía un tatuaje súper padre.The guy who sold me this car had a really awesome tattoo.
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