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"Game" is a noun which is often translated as "el juego", and "match" is a noun which is often translated as "el fósforo". Learn more about the difference between "game" and "match" below.
game(
geym
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (amusement)
a. el juego
(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).
I love all games, but hide-and-seek is my favorite.Me encantan todos los juegos, pero el escondite es mi favorito.
2. (sport)
a. el partido
(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).
We're getting together for a game of soccer.Nos vamos a reunir para jugar un partido de fútbol.
3. (games)
a. la partida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Anyone for a game of cards?¿A quién le apetece una partida de cartas?
4. (in a tennis match)
a. el juego
(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).
He won the set six games to three.Ganó el set por seis juegos a tres.
5. (style of play)
a. el juego
(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).
She trained hard and improved her game for the tournament.Entrenó mucho y mejoró su juego para el torneo.
6. (hunted animals)
a. la caza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Lions are one type of big game.Los leones son un tipo de caza mayor.
7. (business)
a. el negocio
(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).
He's been in the finance game for a long time.Lleva mucho tiempo en el negocio de las finanzas.
8. (scheme)
a. el juego
(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).
He's not playing her game any longer.Ya no le sigue el juego más.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(in the mood)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
That guy is always game for anything.Ese tipo siempre está dispuesto a hacer lo que sea.
We are going out for dinner. Are you game?Vamos a salir a cenar, ¿te apuntas?
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match(
mahch
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (matchstick)
a. el fósforo
(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).
Use a match to light the candle.Usa un fósforo para encender la vela.
b. el cerillo
(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).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The matches got wet so we had to throw them out.Los cerillos se mojaron así que tuvimos que botarlos.
c. la cerilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
He asked me for a match to light his cigarette.Me pidió una cerilla para encender su cigarillo.
2. (sports)
a. el partido
(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 Spain-Belarus match will be held tomorrow in Barcelona.El partido España-Bielorrusia se celebrará mañana en Barcelona.
3. (compatible)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I think Alicia would be a great match for Jorge.Creo que Alicia haría buena pareja con Jorge.
What sign is the best match for me?¿Qué signo es el que mejor me corresponde?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to go with)
a. combinar con
He always makes sure that his belt matches his shoes.Él siempre asegura que su cinturón combine con sus zapatos.
5. (to equal)
a. igualar
I don't know if they'll be able to match last year's sales growth.No sé si podrán igualar el aumento en ventas del año pasado.
6. (to be in competition with)
a. enfrentarse
The four teams will match in the elimination round.Los cuatro equipos se enfrentarán en la ronda de eliminación.
7. (to pair)
a. emparejar
Match the sentences and the images.Empareja las frases y las imágenes.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to go with)
a. combinar
Your shoes and purse do not have to match.Tus zapatos y tu bolso no tienen que combinar.
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