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"Ghost" is a noun which is often translated as "el fantasma", and "phantom" is a noun which is also often translated as "el fantasma". Learn more about the difference between "ghost" and "phantom" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (specter)
a. el fantasma
(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).
They say that ghosts wander the halls of this haunted house.Se dice que fantasmas pasean por los pasillos de esta casa embrujada.
2. (religious)
a. el espíritu
(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 Holy Ghost is in our presence right now.El Espíritu Santo está en nuestra presencia en este momento.
3. (trace)
a. la sombra
(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).
He could only muster a ghost of a smile.Solo pudo exhibir la sombra de una sonrisa.
b. la mínima posibilidad
(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).
This team doesn't have a ghost of a chance of winning today.Este equipo no tiene ni la más mínima posibilidad de ganar hoy.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to write)
a. escribir por otra persona
I have ghosted three books, but I want to write one of my own.He escrito tres libros por otras personas, pero quiero escribir uno propio.
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phantom
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (supernatural being)
a. el fantasma
(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 children ran screaming from the house when they saw the phantom.Los niños salieron corriendo de la casa cuando vieron el fantasma.
Today I'm going to tell you the story of the phantom of the old train station.Hoy les voy a contar el cuento del fantasma de la antigua estación de tren.
2. (unreal thing)
a. la fantasía
(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).
He's not a real candidate. He's just a phantom to make sure people vote for the other candidate.No es un candidato de verdad. Solo es una fantasía para asegurarse de que la gente vote por el otro candidato.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (ghostly)
a. fantasmal
George saw a phantom figure pass right through the wall.George vio a una figura fantasmal atravesar la pared.
4. (imaginary)
a. imaginario
Jose went to scratch his left leg, then realized it was just a phantom itchiness.José quiso rascarse la pierna izquierda, pero luego se dio cuenta de que era solo una picazón imaginaria.
b. fantasma
I hear you talk about Morgan all the time. When do we get to meet this phantom girlfriend of yours?Te oigo hablar de Morgan todo el tiempo. ¿Cuándo podremos conocer a esta novia fantasma tuya?
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