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"Grief" is a noun which is often translated as "la pena", and "pity" is a noun which is often translated as "la lástima". Learn more about the difference between "grief" and "pity" below.
grief(
grif
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sorrow)
a. la pena
(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).
Everybody feels grief over the loss of a dear friend.Todo el mundo siente pena por la pérdida de un amigo cercano.
b. el pesar
(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 understand your grief. I have lost a child too.Entiendo tu pesar. Yo también perdí a un hijo.
c. la aflicción
(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 widow is still struggling to overcome her grief.La viuda todavía lucha por superar su aflicción.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(inconvenience) (United Kingdom)
a. los problemas
(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 got a lot of grief for working with the competition.Trabajar con la competencia me trajo muchos problemas.
b. la guerra
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
That student is always giving grief in class.Ese alumno siempre está dando guerra en clase.
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pity(
pih
-
di
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (shame)
a. la lástima
(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).
It's a pity that we won't be able to go.Es una lástima que no podamos ir.
b. la pena
(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).
Her sudden death is a pity.Su repentina muerte es una pena.
2. (compassion)
a. la piedad
(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).
Please, have pity on us.Por favor, ten piedad de nosotros.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to have pity)
a. compadecer
I pity those poor caged animals.Compadezco a esos pobres animales enjaulados.
b. tener lástima a
A lot of people don't like to be pitied.A mucha gente no le gusta que le tengan lástima.
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