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"Estante" is a noun which is often translated as "shelf", and "estantería" is a noun which is often translated as "shelving". Learn more about the difference between "estante" and "estantería" below.
estante(
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tahn
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teh
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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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estantería(
ehs
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tahn
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teh
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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. (furniture)
a. shelving
No tenemos bastantes estanterías en el apartamento.There isn't enough shelving in the apartment.
b. shelves (plural)
Limpia el polvo de la estantería todas las semanas.He dusts the shelves every week.
c. bookcase (for books)
La Biblia no está en la estantería.The Bible is not in the bookcase.
d. bookshelves (plural)
En la estantería hay fotos de mis años de atleta.There are pictures from my athlete years on the bookshelves.
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