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"In the winter" is a phrase which is often translated as "en el invierno", and "ski" is a noun which is often translated as "el esquí". Learn more about the difference between "in the winter" and "ski" below.
in the winter(
ihn
 
thuh
 
wihn
-
duhr
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. en el invierno
I'm always really cold in the winter.Siempre me pongo muy frío en el invierno.
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ski(
ski
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sports)
a. el esquí
(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).
Both my skis broke when I fell.Se rompieron mis dos esquís cuando me caí.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (sports)
a. esquiar
I skied down the hardest run on the mountain.Bajé esquiando la pista más difícil de la montaña.
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