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"Issues" is a form of "issue", a noun which is often translated as "el asunto". "Affairs" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los cosas". Learn more about the difference between "issues" and "affairs" below.
issue(
ih
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shu
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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. (subject)
a. el asunto
(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).
There are various issues that will be discussed in the meeting.Hay varios asuntos que se discutirán en la junta.
b. el tema
(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).
Stop trying to avoid the issue; we have to talk about your poor grades.Deja de evitar el tema; tenemos que hablar de tus bajas calificaciones.
c. la cuestión
(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 issue of his retirement is a touchy one.La cuestión de su retiro es delicada.
2. (dispute)
a. el problema
(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's the issue here? Why are you guys fighting?¿Cuál es el problema? ¿Por qué se están peleando?
3. (literary)
a. la edición
(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 special issue of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was just released.Acaban de publicar una edición especial de "Cien años de soledad".
b. el número
(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).
(periodical)
The latest issue of "Cute Kittens" just came out.Acaba de salir el nuevo número de la revista "Gatitos lindos".
4. (distribution)
a. la expedición
(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).
(documents)
Sir, what is the date of issue that appears on your passport?Señor, ¿cuál es la fecha de expedición que aparece en su pasaporte?
b. la emisión
(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).
(money, stamps)
The Department of the Treasury is responsible for the issue of legal tender.El Departamento del Tesoro es responsable de la emisión de la moneda nacional.
5. (offspring)
a. la descendencia
(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 king died without issue, so the throne passed to his brother.El rey murió sin descendencia, por lo que el trono pasó a su hermano.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to make public)
a. emitir
The president's spokesperson issued a formal apology on behalf of his administration.El portavoz del presidente emitió una disculpa de parte de su administración.
b. publicar (written)
The New York Times issued a correction for a story on Boko Haram.El New York Times publicó una corrección de una historia sobre Boko Haram.
7. (to give out)
a. expedir
The only place that issues U.S. passports in Mexico is in Mexico City.El único lugar que expide pasaportes estadounidenses dentro de México está en el DF.
b. proporcionar
The official told me that my documents will be issued once I cross the border.Me dijo el oficial que me van a proporcionar los documentos al cruzar la frontera.
c. distribuir
The receptionist issues the membership cards.La recepcionista distribuye las tarjetas de membresía.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to come forth; used with "from")
a. manar de
Dark blood issued from his wound.De la herida, manaba una sangre oscura.
b. brotar de
The music seemed to issue from a distant house.La música parecía brotar de una casa distante.
c. salir de
There was a dark column of smoke issuing from the barn.Había una oscura columna de humo que salía del granero.
9. (to derive; used with "from")
a. derivar de
Many problems issue from such misguided policies.Muchos problemas derivan de esas medidas erradas.
b. surgir de
This misunderstanding issued from their lack of knowledge on the subject.Este malentendido surgió de su falta de conocimiento sobre el tema.
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affairs(
uh
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fehrz
)
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (business)
a. los cosas
(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 week to get your affairs in order before reporting for duty.Tienes una semana para poner tus cosas en orden antes de presentarte para tus faenas.
b. los asuntos
(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).
Who is in charge of the president's affairs?¿Quién se encarga de los asuntos del presidente?
affair
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (matter)
a. el asunto
(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 think I need to consult a lawyer about this affair.Creo que necesito consultar a un abogado con respeto a este asunto.
b. el caso
(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 whole affair was blown out of proportion.Todo el caso fue totalmente exagerado.
3. (scandal)
a. el caso
(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).
His mishandling of the affair resulted in a multi-million dollar loss.Su mal manejo del caso dio lugar a una pérdida de varios millones de dólares.
4. (event)
a. la ocasión
(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 dinner will be an elegant affair.La cena será una ocasión elegante.
b. el acontecimiento
(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).
Cindy and Rob's wedding was the affair of the year in our town.La boda de Cindy y Rob fue el acontecimiento del año en nuestro pueblo.
5. (romantic relationship)
a. la aventura
(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).
They carried on their affair in hotel rooms for six months before being found out.Llevaron a cabo su aventura en cuartos de hotel por seis meses antes de ser descubiertos.
b. el affaire
(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).
Fernanda had an affair with a man twice her age.Fernanda tuvo un affaire con un hombre que tenía el doble de edad que ella.
c. el lío
(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).
Joe had an affair with his sister-in-law.Joe tuvo un lío con su cuñada.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(thing)
a. chisme (colloquial)
The computer is some sort of super fast affair.La computadora es uno de esos chismes súper rápidos.
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