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"Instrument" is a noun which is often translated as "el instrumento", and "play music" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "tocar música". Learn more about the difference between "instrument" and "play music" below.
instrument(
ihn
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struh
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mihnt
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (music)
a. el instrumento
(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).
What instrument will you play when you join the school band?¿Qué instrumento vas a tocar cuando te unas a la banda escolar?
2. (tool)
a. el instrumento
(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).
This machine requires a special instrument in order to turn the valve.Esta máquina requiere un instrumento especial para poder girar la válvula.
3. (means)
a. el instrumento
(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).
She used you! You were just her instrument.¡Te usó! Fuiste solo su instrumento.
4. (legal)
a. el instrumento
(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).
A passport is a legal instrument that entitles the holder to travel to foreign countries.Un pasaporte es un instrumento jurídico que permite al titular viajar a países extranjeros.
instruments
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (aviation)
a. los instrumentos
(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's too foggy to see the runway. We'll have to land on instruments. Hay demasiada neblina para ver la pista. Vamos a tener que aterrizar con los instrumentos.
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play music(
pley
 
myu
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zihk
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to perform music)
a. tocar música
I'd love to play music in a big band.Me encantaría tocar música en una gran banda.
b. tocar
Neil didn't care about record contracts. He just wanted to play music.A Neil no le importaban los contratos discográficos. Él solo quería tocar.
2. (to cause music to be heard)
a. poner música
The music they play on this radio station is simply fabulous.La música que ponen en esta emisora es sencillamente fabulosa.
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