Quick answer
"Obvious" is an adjective which is often translated as "obvio", and "plain" is an adjective which is often translated as "sencillo". Learn more about the difference between "obvious" and "plain" below.
obvious(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clear)
a. obvio
It is obvious that you don't care at all about my feelings.Es obvio que no te importan para nada mis sentimientos.
b. claro
With his years of experience, he has an obvious advantage in this contest.Con sus años de experiencia, tiene una clara ventaja en este concurso.
c. evidente
With the hurricane coming this way, we are all in obvious danger.Con el huracán que se aproxima, estamos todos en evidente peligro.
d. patente
They made it obvious that they had been fighting.Hicieron muy patente el hecho que habían estado peleando.
e. lógico
The obvious solution is to build the tower closer to the highway.La solución lógica es construir la torre más cerca de la carretera.
f.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It was obvious to us that there was no chance of winning the case.Nos dimos cuenta de que no había ninguna posibilidad de ganar el caso.
It was perfectly obvious that she was not at all willing to help us.No cabía ni la menor duda de que no estaba para nada dispuesta a ayudarnos.
2. (unsubtle)
a. evidente
His speech was an obvious ploy to get support from the opposition.Su discurso fue un evidente ardid para conseguir el apoyo de la oposición.
b. obvio
Mirella is able to attract the attention of potential customers in the store with her obvious charms.Mirella puede atraer la atención de los clientes potenciales en la tienda con sus obvios encantos.
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plain(
plehihn
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unadorned)
a. sencillo
He wore a plain black hat.Llevaba un sombrero negro sencillo.
b. liso
She wore a plain red dress.Llevaba un vestido rojo liso.
c. llano
I think you should wear a plain dress so you don't take attention away from the bride.Creo que debes llevar un vestido llano para no quitarle atención a la novia.
2. (unambiguous)
a. claro
Tomás always uses plain language.Tomás siempre habla con un lenguaje claro.
b. franco
A plain sentence has more impact than a flowery one.Una frase franca dice más que una florida.
3. (without extras)
a. natural
I prefer plain yogurt to yogurt with fruit.Prefiero el yogur natural al yogur con frutas.
4. (pure)
a. totalmente
Last night's party was plain fun.La fiesta de anoche fue totalmente divertida.
5. (obvious)
a. claro
It's plain that he doesn't want to talk to us.Es claro que no tiene ganas de hablar con nosotros.
6. (unattractive)
a. poco atractivo
"I don't care if I'm plain because I'm smarter than you," he said."Me vale ser poco atractivo porque soy más listo que tú," dijo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (flat, treeless land)
a. la llanura
(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 tornado came through the Oklahoma plain.Un tornado pasó por la llanura de Oklahoma.
8. (type of knitting)
a. el punto sencillo
(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).
My mother knits plain, but my grandmother likes to crochet.Mi mamá hace punto sencillo, pero a mi abuela le gusta hacer ganchillo.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(completely)
a. totalmente
That's plain false; I didn't steal anything.Eso es totalmente falso; no robé nada.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(simply)
a. simplemente
He spoke plain, but his words were full of power.Habló simplemente, pero sus palabras estaban llenas de poder.
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