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"Growing" is an adjective which is often translated as "creciente", and "growing up" is a phrase which is often translated as "madurar". Learn more about the difference between "growing" and "growing up" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (increasing)
a. creciente
Visual pollution is a growing problem in several cities.La contaminación visual es un problema creciente en varias ciudades.
2. (children)
a. en edad de crecimiento
You need to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables because you are a growing girl.Necesitas comer muchas frutas y verduras porque eres una niña en edad de crecimiento.
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growing up(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (entering adulthood)
a. madurar (intransitive verb)
College is a time for growing up.La universidad es un tiempo para madurar.
b. el crecimiento
(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 a lot of growing up to do to be like your father.Te falta mucho crecimiento para ser como tu padre.
2. (being raised)
a. criarse
Growing up without a father must have been hard.Criarse sin padre tiene que haber sido difícil.
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