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"Estantería" is a noun which is often translated as "shelving", and "anaquel" is a noun which is often translated as "shelf". Learn more about the difference between "estantería" and "anaquel" below.
estantería(
ehs
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tahn
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teh
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ree
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ah
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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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anaquel(
ah
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nah
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kehl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. shelf
¿Me alcanzas ese libro negro en el anaquel de arriba? Soy bajo y no llego.Can you give me that black book on the top shelf? I'm short and can't reach.
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