Quick answer
"Oh" is an interjection which is often translated as "oh", and "zero" is a noun which is often translated as "el cero". Learn more about the difference between "oh" and "zero" below.
oh(
o
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express surprise)
a. oh
Did you know there were going to be fireworks tonight? - Oh? No, I didn't.¿Sabías que iba a haber fuegos artificiales esta noche? - ¡Oh! No, no lo sabía.
b. vaya
Oh! What a pleasant surprise to see you here!¡Vaya! ¡Qué sorpresa tan agradable verte aquí!
c. ah
Oh! I get it now. The TV won't turn on because it's not plugged in!¡Ah! Ya entendí. ¡La tele no se enciende porque no está enchufada!
2. (used to express pain)
a. ay
Oh! That's hot.¡Ay! Eso está caliente.
3. (used to call attention)
a. eh
Oh, sir, you're stepping on my shoe!¡Eh, señor! Me está pisando.
4. (used to express disbelief)
a. en serio
Oh? You're going to be the master of ceremonies?¿En serio? ¿Vas a ser el maestro de ceremonias?
b. no me digas
Oh, you have got to be kidding. Steve's going out with Melanie again?¡No me digas! Debe ser una broma. ¿Steve está saliendo de nuevo con Melanie?
c. de veras
Oh? You won the gold medal?¿De veras? ¿Ganaste la medalla de oro?
5. (used to express dismay)
a. ay
Oh! Shut up! That is disgusting!¡Ay! ¡Cállate! ¡Eso es asqueroso!
6. (used to elicit further information)
a. ah, sí
I'm leaving early today. - Oh?Hoy salgo temprano. - ¿Ah, sí?
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zero(
zih
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ro
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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. (number)
a. el cero
(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 weekend's temperatures might drop below zero.Las temperaturas de este fin de semana pueden bajar de cero.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (null)
a. cero
There is zero tolerance on that issue.Hay una tolerancia cero sobre ese asunto.
Zero growth is expected this quarter.Se espera un crecimiento cero este trimestre.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (weaponry)
a. ajustar la mira de
I'm still learning how to zero my rifle.Todavía estoy aprendiendo a ajustar la mira de mi rifle.
4. (to reset to zero)
a. poner a cero
It is important to remember to zero the scales in between weighing out the various ingredients.Es importante recordar poner a cero la balanza entre pesada y pesada de los distintos ingredientes.
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