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"Extraño" is an adjective which is often translated as "strange", and "propio" is an adjective which is often translated as "own". Learn more about the difference between "extraño" and "propio" below.
extraño(
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trah
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nyoh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unusual)
a. strange
Son tan extraños. No miran a nadie a los ojos.They're so strange. They don't look anyone in the eye.
b. odd
¡Qué extraño que no haya llamado!How odd that he didn't call!
2. (unfamiliar)
a. foreign
Los cruzados pelearon en tierra extraña.The Crusaders fought on foreign land.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (unknown person)
a. stranger
No dejes entrar a ningún extraño.Don't let any strangers in.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (sudden movement)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El elefante hizo un extraño cuando vio el ratón.The elephant shied when he saw a mouse.
El avión hizo un extraño al despegar.The plane made a strange movement while taking off.
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propio(
proh
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pyoh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (related to property)
a. own
Cada cual tiene sus propios amigos.We each have our own friends.
2. (characteristic of)
a. typical
Este comportamiento es propio de ella.This behavior is typical of her.
3. (proper)
a. appropriate
Tu traje negro es propio para la ocasión.Your black suit is appropriate for the occasion.
b. decent (person)
Mi hijo es muy propio y muy amable.My son is very decent and polite.
4. (emphatic)
a. own
Lo vi hacer trampa con mis propios ojos.I saw him cheating with my own eyes.
5. (the very one)
a. oneself
Lo dijo la propia dueña.The owner said it herself.
Lo anunció el propio presidente.The president announced it himself.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
6. (independent messenger)
a. messenger
Enviamos el documento con el propio.We sent the document with the messenger.
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