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"Go to church" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ir a la iglesia", and "church" is a noun which is often translated as "la iglesia". Learn more about the difference between "go to church" and "church" below.
go to church(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (attend church)
a. ir a la iglesia
My family is very religious. We go to church every Sunday.Mi familia es muy religiosa. Vamos a la iglesia cada domingo.
b. ir al templo
I hate to go to church. It's so boring.Me choca ir al templo. Es tan aburrido.
c. ir a la misa (Catholic Mass)
When I go to church, I get to see my friends.Cuando voy a la misa, puedo ver a mis amigos.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (imperative)
a. ve a la iglesia
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Don't try to tell me you're sick today! Go to church!¡Ni intentes decirme que estés enfermo! ¡Ve a la iglesia!
b. ve al templo
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Go to church, son. You haven't been in a long time.Ve al tiempo, mijo. No has estado allá hace un montón de tiempo.
c. ve a la misa
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular; Catholic Mass)
Go to church. You'll make your grandmother so happy.Ve a la misa. Te harás muy feliz a tu abuela.
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church(
chuhrch
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (religious building)
a. la iglesia
(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).
In many Spanish towns, the church is found near the central plaza.En muchos pueblos españoles, la iglesia se encuentra cerca de la plaza central.
b. el templo
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The church of St. Rose of Viterbo is a a good example of Baroque style.El templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo es un buen ejemplar del estilo barroco.
2. (religious service)
a. la misa
(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).
(Catholic)
Church last Sunday lasted two hours.La misa del domingo pasado duró dos horas.
b. el oficio
(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).
(non-Catholic)
My religion insists that everyone attends church every Sunday.Mi religión insiste en que todos asistan al oficio todos los domingos.
3. (institution)
a. la iglesia
(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).
The separation of church and state is a tenet of American democracy.La separación de la iglesia y el estado es un principio de la democracia americana.
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