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"Espada" is a noun which is often translated as "sword", and "bastos" is a plural noun which is often translated as "clubs". Learn more about the difference between "espada" and "bastos" below.
espada(
ehs
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pah
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dah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. sword
Las armas de fuego han reemplazado las espadas en las guerras modernas.Firearms have replaced swords in modern warfare.
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bastos(
bahs
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tohs
)
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (card games)
a. clubs (suit in Spanish card deck)
Mi pareja salió con el siete de bastos.My partner led the seven of clubs.
basto
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (not smooth)
a. coarse
La superficie de la mesa era basta así que la pulimos.The surface of the table was rough so we sandpapered it.
b. rough
Este vestido de seda es mucho más bonito que el otro de lana basta que llevabas puesto antes.This silk dress is much prettier than the rough wool one you were wearing earlier.
3. (vulgar)
a. crude
No me gusta el lenguaje basto y de mal gusto que emplea en sus escritos.I don't like the crude and tasteless language he uses in his writing.
b. coarse
Si fueras menos basto y más educado le caerías mejor a tus colegas.If you were less coarse and more polite your colleagues would like you more.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (card games)
a. club (in Spanish card deck)
Me repartieron una mano que tenía seis bastos.I was dealt a hand with six clubs in it.
b. ace of clubs (in Spanish card deck)
Gané la baza gracias al basto que tenía entre mis cartas.I won the trick with the ace of clubs I had among my cards.
5. (horseback riding)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. saddlecloth
El jinete colocó el basto sobre el lomo del caballo, y encima la silla de montar.The rider placed the saddlecloth on the horse's back, then the saddle on top of that.
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