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"Está frío" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's cold", and "hace frío" is a phrase which is also often translated as "it's cold". Learn more about the difference between "está frío" and "hace frío" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (it's at a low temperature)
a. it's cold
Déjame que te caliente el caldo, está frío.Let me warm up the soup for you. It's cold.
b. is cold
El vino blanco está frío, ¿verdad? Si no, no me gusta.The white wine is cold, isn't it? I don't like it otherwise.
2. (he appears indifferent; third person singular)
a. he's cold
Yo creo que Pedro se ha ofendido. Está frío y distante.I think we've offended Pedro. He's cold and distant.
b. is cold
Juanjo está frío y como encerrado en sí mismo. ¿Crees que le pasa algo?Juanjo is cold and withdrawn. Do you think there's something the matter with him?
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A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(you appear indifferent; second person singular)
a. you're cold
Está tan frío conmigo. ¿Por qué? ¿Qué hice que lo molestó tanto?You're so cold toward me. Why? What did I do to upset you so much?
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hace frío(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (general)
a. it's cold
Hace frío en Canadá durante el invierno, así que debes llevar una chamarra gruesa.It's cold in Canada during the winter, so you should take a thick coat.
Hace frío. - Prende la calefacción.It's cold. - Turn on the heat.
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