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"Instructions" is a plural noun which is often translated as "las instrucciones", and "directions" is a plural noun which is often translated as "las indicaciones". Learn more about the difference between "instructions" and "directions" below.
instructions(
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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (detailed information to follow)
a. las instrucciones
(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).
Let's read the instructions to figure out how to assemble this dresser.Leamos las instrucciones para ver cómo montar el tocador.
2. (legal) (United Kingdom)
a. las instrucciones
(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).
Have you any idea what instructions the solicitor received?¿Sabes qué instrucciones recibió el abogado?
instruction
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (teaching)
a. la instrucción
(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 received her initial instruction in dance in Prague.Recibió su instrucción inicial en la danza en Praga.
b. el adiestramiento
(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).
The poll workers had their first instruction session yesterday.Los voluntarios para las elecciones tuvieron su primera sesión de adiestramiento ayer.
4. (order)
a. la orden
(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 team captain gave the team the clear instruction to go out there and win.El capitán le dio al equipo la orden clara de salir a ganar.
b. la instrucción
(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).
He may not have deleted them, but he probably gave the instruction to do so.Puede que no los haya eliminado, pero probablemente haya dado la instrucción de hacerlo.
5. (computing)
a. la instrucción
(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).
Forty years ago, an IBM card was needed for each single instruction or line of code.Hace cuarenta años, era necesaria una tarjeta IBM para cada instrucción o línea de código.
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directions(
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rehk
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shihnz
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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (details on how to reach a destination)
a. las indicaciones
(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).
I know how to get to the town but not to the factory, so we'll probably have to ask for directions.Sé cómo se llega al pueblo pero no a la fábrica; es probable que tengamos que pedir indicaciones.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Someone stopped me to ask for directions to the police station.Alguien me paró para preguntarme cómo se llega a la estación de policía.
Why don't we go into a store to ask for directions?¿Por qué no entramos en una tienda para pedir que nos indiquen el camino?
2. (instructions)
a. las instrucciones
(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).
Did you read the manufacturer's directions?¿Leíste las instrucciones del fabricante?
b. las indicaciones
(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).
Make sure you follow the directions on the can.Asegúrate de seguir las indicaciones de la lata.
direction
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (way)
a. la dirección
(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).
Which direction is north?¿En qué dirección está el norte?
4. (cinema, theater, television)
a. la dirección
(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 movie direction was a bit amateur.La dirección de la película fue un poco de aficionado.
5. (management or guidance)
a. la dirección
(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 school thrived under the direction of a new, charismatic principal.El colegio prosperó bajo la dirección de una nueva directora carismática.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(purpose)
a. la dirección
(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 party lacks direction.El partido carece de dirección.
7.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(course)
a. el rumbo
(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).
It isn't too late to change direction if you don't like what you're doing.No es demasiado tarde para cambiar de rumbo si no te gusta lo que haces.
b. la dirección
(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).
My husband and I seem to be going in different directions and to have less and less in common.Parece que mi marido y yo vamos en direcciones contrarias, y tenemos cada vez menos en común.
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