Quick answer
"Left" is a noun which is often translated as "la izquierda", and "straight" is an adjective which is often translated as "recto". Learn more about the difference between "left" and "straight" below.
left(
lehft
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (direction)
a. la izquierda
(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).
You will see the school on the left.Verás la escuela a la izquierda.
2. (politics)
a. la izquierda
(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 have always said that that reporter's views are far to the left.Siempre he dicho que las opiniones de ese periodista son muy de la izquierda.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (left-hand)
a. izquierdo
She broke her left arm playing basketball.Se rompió el brazo izquierdo jugando baloncesto.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (toward the opposite of right)
a. a la izquierda
Turn left at the traffic light.Gira a la izquierda en el semáforo.
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straight(
streyt
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not curved)
a. recto (line, road, skirt)
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.La distancia más corta entre dos puntos es una línea recta.
2. (level)
a. derecho (tie or picture)
Can you tell me if this picture is straight?¿Puedes decirme si está derecho este cuadro?
3. (not curly)
a. liso
The young lady with long straight hair was serving us.Nos atendió una muchacha con pelo largo y liso.
b. lacio
I prefer guys with straight hair.Prefiero a los chicos con pelo lacio.
4. (honest)
a. honesto (person)
Thank you for being straight with me.Gracias por ser honesto conmigo.
b. claro (answer)
I couldn't get a straight answer out of him.No conseguí que me diera una respuesta clara.
5. (consecutive)
a. consecutivo
After five straight wins, they are top of the league.Tras cinco victorias consecutivas, están a la cabeza de la liga.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sexual orientation)
a. heterosexual
I'm gay and he's straight.Yo soy gay y él es heterosexual.
7. (clear)
a. claro
I want things to be straight between us.Quiero que las cosas estén claras entre nosotros.
b. categórico (refusal)
They didn't want to come out with a straight refusal.No querían dar una negativa categórica.
8. (not taking drugs)
a. limpio
He was into drugs but has been straight for a year now.Consumía drogas pero ha estado limpio por un año.
9. (simple)
a. claro (choice)
The electorate has a straight choice between the status quo and a fresh start.Para el electorado la alternativa es clara: el statu quo o un nuevo comienzo.
10. (undiluted)
a. solo
Give me a rum on the rocks and a tequila straight.Me pones un ron con hielo y un tequila solo.
11. (conventional)
a. convencional
I find her really boring. She’s so straight.A mí me parece muy aburrida. Es tan convencional.
12. (theater)
a. dramático
He wants to get away from comedy and play straight roles.Quiere distanciarse de la comedia y hacer papeles dramáticos.
b. serio
His latest play is straight, very different from what he’s written before.Su última obra es seria, y muy diferente de lo que ha escrito hasta ahora.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
13. (in order)
a. en orden
Let me put things straight before people start arriving to the party.Déjame poner estas cosas en orden antes de que venga la gente a la fiesta.
b. arreglado
Everything had to be straight before he left the house.Todo tenía que estar arreglado antes de que saliera de la casa.
14. (in a straight line)
a. en línea recta
After leaving the bar he could barely walk straight.Al salir del bar apenas podía caminar en línea recta.
15. (in an erect fashion)
a. derecho
Soldiers, stand up straight when at attention!¡Soldados, pónganse derechos cuando están formados!
16. (directly)
a. directamente
He asked me for feedback and I went straight to the point.Pidió mi opinión y fui directamente al grano.
17. (immediately)
a. inmediatamente
I went home straight after work.Volví a casa inmediatamente después del trabajo.
18.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(frankly)
a. con franqueza
Just tell me straight and stop beating around the bush.Déjate de rodeos y dime las cosas con franqueza.
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