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"Estante" is a noun which is often translated as "shelf", and "cartel" is a noun which is often translated as "poster". Learn more about the difference between "estante" and "cartel" below.
estante(
ehs
-
tahn
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (ledge)
a. shelf
Después de colgar los estantes en la pared, podemos adornarlos con velas.After we hang the shelves on the wall, we can decorate them with candles.
Los únicos muebles que había en la sala eran un sofá y un estante con un par de fotos.The only furniture in the living room was a couch and a shelf with a couple of pictures on it.
b. rack
Mis discos están organizados en el estante por artista.My CDs are organized on the rack by artist.
2. (set of shelves)
a. bookcase
Su biblioteca se compone de varios estantes en su oficina.His library consists of several bookcases in his office.
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cartel(
kahr
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tehl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (advertisement)
a. poster
Me compré un cartel de mi película favorita.I bought a poster of my favorite movie.
b. bill
Se prohíbe fijar carteles en esta pared.Posting bills on this wall is prohibited.
2. (notice)
a. sign
Hay un cartel en la puerta que dice: "No se permite la entrada".There is a sign on the door that reads: "Entry is not permitted."
3. (fame)
a. reputation
Esa empresa no tiene buen cartel.That company does not have a good reputation.
4. (crime)
a. cartel
Era miembro del cartel de drogas más peligroso de la ciudad.He was a member of the most dangerous drug cartel in the city.
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