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"Gold" is a noun which is often translated as "el oro", and "silver" is a noun which is often translated as "la plata". Learn more about the difference between "gold" and "silver" below.
gold(
gold
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (metal)
a. el oro
(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).
My grandfather spent years looking for gold, but never found it.Mi abuelo pasó años buscando oro, pero nunca lo encontró.
2. (color)
a. el color oro
(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 painted the walls gold.Pintamos las paredes color oro.
3. (medal)
a. la medalla de oro
(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).
She won two golds in the Barcelona Olympic Games.Ganó dos medallas de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (metal)
a. de oro (invariable)
Jack got a gold watch when he retired.A Jack le regalaron un reloj de oro cuando se jubiló.
5. (gold-colored)
a. dorado
The presenter was wearing a stunning gold evening gown.La presentadora llevaba puesto un vestido dorado e imponente.
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silver(
sihl
-
vuhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (metal)
a. la plata
(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).
Gold is more valuable than silver.El oro es más valioso que la plata.
2. (silverware)
a. la platería
(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).
We should polish the silver before tomorrow's important dinner.Deberíamos pulir la platería antes de la cena importante de mañana.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (made of silver)
a. de plata
My sister gave me a silver pen as a graduation gift.Mi hermana me dio una pluma de plata como regalo de graduación.
4. (silver-colored)
a. plateado
I bought a silver case for my cell phone.Compré una funda plateada para mi móvil.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to bathe in silver)
a. platear
The bust is set on a silvered base.El busto está encima de una base plateada.
6. (to back with a silver-colored material)
a. azogar
On the tour around the mirror workshop, we learned about the process of silvering glass to make it reflective.En la visita al taller de espejos, aprendimos acerca del proceso de azogar el cristal para hacerlo reflectante.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to turn gray)
a. blanquear
His silvering hair made him look very distinguished.El pelo le daba un aire distinguido al paso que le blanqueaba.
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