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"Great" is an adjective which is often translated as "estupendo", and "okay" is an adverb which is often translated as "bien". Learn more about the difference between "great" and "okay" below.
great(
greyt
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (fantastic)
a. estupendo
Christine has a great job. It's interesting and well-paid.Chistine tiene un trabajo estupendo. Es interesante y está bien pagado
b. genial
The concert was great. You should have come along.El concierto estuvo genial. Deberías haber venido con nosotros.
c. fenomenal
We had a great time at the party. We didn't stop dancing all night.Lo pasamos fenomenal en la fiesta. No paramos de bailar en toda la noche.
d. fabuloso
They have a great house, with wonderful views.Tienen una casa fabulosa, con unas vistas increíbles.
e. sensacional
It's a great movie, as is the novel it's based on.Es una película sensacional, como lo es la novela en la que está basada.
f. excelente
The wine was great and the food was delicious.El vino era excelente y la comida estaba riquísima.
2. (outstanding)
a. gran (before nouns)
You too can be a great actor.Tú también puedes ser un gran actor.
3. (important)
a. gran (before nouns)
This is a great step in my career.Este es un gran paso en mi carrera.
4. (very large)
a. gran (before nouns)
It was a great and spooky house that stood on the hill.Fue una gran casa espeluznante que estaba en la colina.
b. grande (after nouns)
The giant had great feet that crushed many houses.El gigante tenía pies grandes que aplastaban muchas casas.
5. (used to indicate intensity)
a. gran (before nouns)
If this ceasefire holds, it would be a great relief for us all.Si el alto el fuego continúa, será un gran alivio para todos nosotros.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (very well)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. fenomenal
You played great during your piano recital!¡Tocaste fenomenal durante tu recital de piano!
b. genial
My father cooks great. He makes some delicious soups.Mi padre cocina genial. Hace unas sopas riquísimas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (important person)
a. el grande
(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).
You're supposed to be one of the greats in this industry.Se supone que eres uno de los grandes en esta industria.
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okay(
o
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key
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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. (correctly)
a. bien
Everything is going to be okay.Todo va a estar bien.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (agreed)
a. está bien
Let's go out for dinner. - Okay.Vayamos a cenar fuera. - Está bien.
b. okey
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I left your dinner in the fridge. - Okay.Te dejé la cena en la nevera. - Okey.
c. vale
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Will you drive? - Okay.¿Quieres conducir tú? - Vale.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (in a satisfactory state)
a. bien
Are you okay? The fall had to hurt.¿Estás bien? La caída te ha tenido que doler.
4. (acceptable)
a. bien
The movie is okay, but I wish it had a little bit more action.La película está bien, pero me gustaría que tuviera algo más de acción.
b. bueno
Its performance is okay, the problem is how fast it deteriorates.Su rendimiento es bueno, el problema es que se deteriora muy rápido.
5. (likeable)
a. simpático
She is more than okay, she is incredible.Es más que simpática, es increíble.
6. (permissible)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you don't feel like going out, that's quite okay.Si no tienes ganas de salir, no hay ningún problema.
Is it okay if I leave it here?¿Lo puedo dejar aquí?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (approval)
a. el visto bueno
(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).
You have my okay to post it.Tienes mi visto bueno para publicarlo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to approve)
a. aprobar
For it to be implemented, the committee must okay it.Para ponerlo en práctica, tiene que aprobarlo el comité.
b. dar el visto bueno a
Has the boss okayed it?¿Le dio el jefe el visto bueno?
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