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"Estrecho" is an adjective which is often translated as "narrow", and "a" is a preposition which is often translated as "to". Learn more about the difference between "estrecho" and "a" below.
estrecho(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of small width)
a. narrow
Seguimos un pasillo muy estrecho que nos condujo hasta una sala enorme.We went along a very narrow corridor that led us to a huge parlor.
2. (close-fitting)
a. tight
Los vaqueros le quedaban tan estrechos que le costó un montón ponérselos.The jeans were so tight that she had to struggle to fit in them.
3. (intimate)
a. close
Entre ambos hermanos existe una relación muy estrecha.The two brothers have a very close relationship.
4. (puritanical)
a. prudish
No seas estrecha. Estamos en el siglo XXI.Don't be prudish. This is the 21st century.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (geography)
a. strait
El estrecho de Gibraltar une el océano Atlántico con el mar Mediterráneo.The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
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a(
ah
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate direction)
a. to
Ve a tu habitación.Go to your room.
2. (used to indicate position)
a. to
A la izquierda puedes ver el parque.To your left you can see the park.
3. (used to indicate an exact moment)
a. at
Saldremos al amanecer.We will leave at dawn.
4. (used to indicate mode)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Podía respirar a duras penas.He was hardly able to breathe.
5. (the personal "a")
a. to
No te olvides de escribir a tus abuelos.Don't forget to write to your grandparents.
6. (used to give orders)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡A fregar los platos!Go do the dishes!
¡A la cama!Off to bed!
7. (used with quantities)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me encantaría ganar dinero a espuertas.I would love to earn lots of money.
Llovía a cántaros.It was pouring.
8. (used to express purpose)
a. to
Vino a saludar.He came to say hello.
9. (used to express frequency)
a. per
Trabajo ocho horas al día.I work eight hours per day.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
10. (letter)
a. a
Ese adjetivo debe terminar con una a.That adjective should end in an a.
11. (music)
a. A
El pianista tocó una A.The pianist played an A.
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