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"For free" is an adverb which is often translated as "gratis", and "free" is an adjective which is also often translated as "gratis". Learn more about the difference between "for free" and "free" below.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (without charge)
a. gratis
My uncle knows the mechanic. Ask if he will look at the car for free.Mi tío conoce el mecánico. Pregunta si puede mirar el coche gratis.
b. gratuitamente
It's easy to find books to read online for free.Es fácil encontrar libros para leer gratuitamente en línea.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (without charge)
a. gratis
Shipping is free with that company.El envío es gratis a través de esa empresa.
b. gratuito
Would you like to try a free sample?¿Le gustaría probar una muestra gratuita?
2. (at liberty)
a. libre
He was in prison, but now he's free.Estuvo en la cárcel, pero ahora es libre.
3. (vacant)
a. libre
Do you know if this port-a-potty is free?¿Sabes si está libre este baño químico?
b. desocupado
This seat is free, if you'd like to sit.Este asiento está desocupado, si quiere sentarse.
4. (available)
a. libre
I'm afraid I'm not free on Monday. Is Tuesday convenient for you?Me temo que no estoy libre el lunes. ¿Le conviene el martes?
5. (generous)
a. generoso
He is always very free with his time and resources.Siempre es muy generoso con su tiempo y sus recursos.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (without charge)
a. gratis
We will deliver your food for free.Entregaremos su comida de gratis.
7. (without restriction)
a. libremente
We saw a herd of wild horses running free across the plain.Vimos una manada de caballos cimarrones corriendo libremente por la llanura.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to liberate)
a. liberar
All prisoners were freed from their chains.Liberaron a todos los prisioneros de sus cadenas.
b. soltar
Activists freed the chimps from their cages.Activistas soltaron los chimpancés de sus jaulas.
9. (to relieve)
a. librar
The mayor promised to free the city from the gang violence that had plagued it.El alcalde prometió librar la ciudad de la violencia pandillera que la había plagado.
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