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"Or so" is an adverb which is often translated as "más o menos", and "so-so" is an adverb which is also often translated as "más o menos". Learn more about the difference between "or so" and "so-so" below.
or so
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. más o menos
How long have you been waiting in line? - An hour or so.¿Cuánto tiempo llevas esperando en la fila? - Una hora, más o menos.
b. aproximadamente
How many boys did you kiss before you met dad? - Oh, I don't know. 10 or so.¿A cuántos chicos besaste antes de conocer a papá? - Ay, no sé. Aproximadamente 10.
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so-so
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (more or less)
a. más o menos
Are you feeling better? - So-so. My throat still hurts.¿Te sientes mejor? - Más o menos. Todavía me duele la garganta.
b. regular
How was the exam, easy or hard? - So-so.¿El examen fue fácil o difícil? - Regular.
c. así así
¿Cómo estás hoy? - Así así.How are you today? So-so.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (passable)
a. regular
I thought it was a very so-so performance.En mi opinión, la representación fue muy regular.
b. así así
My dish is a bit so-so. The rice is good, but the meat is bland.Mi plato está un poco así así. El arroz está bueno, pero la carne no tiene gusto.
c. más o menos
I love his writing but I think his latest book is only so-so.Me encanta cómo escribe pero pienso que su último libro es solo más o menos.
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