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"Old" is an adjective which is often translated as "viejo", and "elderly" is an adjective which is often translated as "mayor". Learn more about the difference between "old" and "elderly" below.
old(
old
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not new)
a. viejo
My old printer still works really well.Mi vieja impresora sigue funcionando estupendamente.
2. (related to age)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I will be fifty years old tomorrow.Mañana cumpliré cincuenta años.
My son is four years old.Mi hijo tiene cuatro años.
3. (antique)
a. antiguo
I still have my grandfather's old Bible.Todavía tengo la antigua biblia de mi abuelo.
4. (worn)
a. viejo
Even though this old shirt is full of holes, it's still my favorite.Aunque esta camisa vieja tenga agujeros, todavía es mi favorita.
5. (former)
a. antiguo
I'm happily married but still think about my old boyfriend.Estoy felizmente casada pero todavía pienso en mi antiguo novio.
6. (long-standing)
a. viejo
Joe and Peter are old friends who met in college.Joe y Peter son viejos amigos que se conocieron en la universidad.
7. (for emphasis)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He's such a good old dog.Es un buen perro.
We had a grand old time at the party last night.La pasamos requetebien en la fiesta anoche.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (old people)
a. las personas mayores
(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 party was a hit for both young and old.La fiesta fue un éxito tanto para los jóvenes como para las personas mayores.
b. los viejos
(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).
Social planning should focus more on the needs of the old.La planificación social debería enfocarse más en las necesidades de los viejos.
c. los ancianos
(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 old are respected in many cultures.En muchas culturas, los ancianos se respetan.
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elderly(
ehl
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duhr
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li
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of old age)
a. mayor
Elderly people who feel lonely often buy pets.La gente mayor que se siente sola a menudo compra mascotas.
b. anciano
The elderly population is larger than the number of newborn babies.La población anciana es mayor que la cantidad de recién nacidos.
c. de edad
Even an elderly woman like me can find love again.Hasta una señora de edad como yo puede encontrar el amor de nuevo.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
2. (older adult)
a. los mayores
(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).
In Japan, the elderly are respected because they are regarded as wise and experienced.En Japón, a los mayores se los respeta porque se consideran sabios y experimentados.
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