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"Estante" is a noun which is often translated as "shelf", and "pintura" is a noun which is often translated as "painting". Learn more about the difference between "estante" and "pintura" below.
estante(
ehs
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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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pintura(
peen
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too
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rah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (artwork)
a. painting
La pintura que cuelga en su oficina es una obra de Picasso.The painting that is hanging in his office is one of Picasso's works.
2. (substance for painting)
a. paint
Tenemos que mezclar las pinturas para lograr el color deseado.We have to mix the paints to get the desired color.
3. (fine arts)
a. painting
La pintura es una de sus aficiones favoritas.Painting is one of her favorite hobbies.
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