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"Faithful" is an adjective which is often translated as "fiel", and "true" is an adjective which is often translated as "cierto". Learn more about the difference between "faithful" and "true" below.
faithful(
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fuhl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (loyal)
a. fiel
I'm looking for a partner who will be faithful.Estoy buscando una pareja que sea fiel.
b. leal
She's always been my most faithful friend.Siempre ha sido mi amiga más leal.
2. (accurate)
a. fiel
The transcription needs to be faithful to the recording.La transcripción tiene que ser fiel a la grabación.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (religious)
a. los fieles
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The faithful line up to light a candle in honor of the saint.Los fieles hacen cola para encender una vela en honor al santo.
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true
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (correct)
a. cierto
Is it true that they plan to build a road through the swamp?¿Es cierto que planean construir un camino por el pantano?
b. verdadero
I don't think that's the true result.No creo que ese sea el resultado verdadero.
c. verdad
Yes, it is true that she's getting married tomorrow.Sí, es verdad que se va a casar mañana.
d. real
If you want to know the true story, you have to promise to keep it secret.Si quieres conocer la historia real, debes prometer guardarla en secreto.
e. verídico
Do you swear to give a true account of the events to the best of your ability?¿Juras contar un relato verídico de los hechos a la medida de tu capacidad?
f. válido
Five years later, his comments still hold true for me.Después de cinco años, sus comentarios siguen siendo válidos para mí.
g.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My birthday wish came true.Mi deseo de cumpleaños se hizo realidad.
The predictions of the minister concerning inflation have come true.Los pronósticos del ministro respecto de la inflación se cumplieron.
2. (genuine)
a. verdadero
Alfredo is so polite. He's a true gentleman.Alfredo es tan cortés. Es un verdadero caballero.
b. auténtico
Miguel finds true happiness being with his family.Miguel encuentra la felicidad auténtica estando con su familia.
c. de verdad
A true friend would have told me!¡Un amigo de verdad me hubiera dicho!
3. (faithful)
a. fiel
After 20 years of marriage, Martin remains true to Berta.Después de 20 años de matrimonio. Martín sigue siendo fiel a Berta.
b. leal
She is proud to claim that she is always true to her religion.Dice con orgullo que siempre es leal a su religión.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He was true to his promise, and gave us the tickets for the concert.Honró su promesa y nos regaló las entradas para el concierto.
True to form, Gloria was 15 minutes late.Como era de esperar, Gloria llegó 15 minutos tarde.
4. (accurate)
a. fiel
My inbox is a true portrait of how disorganized and chaotic my life is.Mi bandeja de correo es un fiel retrato de lo desordenada y caótica que es mi vida.
b. estricto
It was a fabulous evening in the true sense of the word.Fue una noche fabulosa en el sentido estricto de la palabra.
5. (straight)
a. derecho
The door won't close all the way because the handle isn't true.La puerta no cierra por completo porque el mango no está derecho.
b. centrado
My bike wobbles when I ride. I don't think the wheel is true.Mi bici se tambalea cuando pedaleo. No creo que la rueda esté centrada.
6. (musical)
a. afinado
I had the piano tuned, and now all the notes are true.Hice afinar el piano, y ahora todas las notas están afinadas.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(honestly)
a. con sinceridad
The gentleman usually speaks true, but it is a very delicate situation.El señor suele hablar con sinceridad, pero es una situación muy delicada.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I've taught my children to always talk true.Les enseñé a mis hijos a decir siempre la verdad.
Please tell me true if our love was all an act.Dime la verdad si nuestro amor ha sido solo una farsa.
8. (accurately)
a. certeramente
She shot her arrow true, right into the middle of the bullseye.Lanzó su flecha certeramente, justo en el centro de la diana.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to align)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. alinear
I can change an inner tube and true a wheel, but if I had to do it in a race, I'd lose.Puedo cambiar una cámara y alinear una rueda, pero si tuviera que hacerlo en una carrera, perdería.
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