Quick answer
"Oral" is an adjective which is often translated as "oral", and "theory" is a noun which is often translated as "la teoría". Learn more about the difference between "oral" and "theory" below.
oral(
awr
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uhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (spoken)
a. oral
My grandmother wrote down the oral history that had been passed along to her by her grandmother.Mi abuela anotó la historia oral que le había transmitido su abuela.
b. verbal
It may have been an oral agreement, but the fact that there were dozens of witnesses reinforces its validity.Puede haber sido un acuerdo verbal, pero el hecho de que hubiera docenas de testigos refuerza su validez.
2. (relating to the mouth)
a. bucal
As the daughter of a dentist, she learned good oral hygiene from a very young age.Como hija de dentista, aprendió a tener una buena higiene bucal desde muy temprana edad.
3. (taken by mouth)
a. oral
Amanda's mother took her to get oral contraceptives before she began having sex.La madre de Amanda la llevó a que le dieran anticonceptivos orales antes de que comenzara a tener relaciones sexuales.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (test)
a. el examen oral
(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).
I have to pass an oral with all the professors in the department in order to get my degree.Debo pasar un examen oral con todos los profesores del departamento para conseguir mi licenciatura.
b. el oral
(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).
Nora was feeling anxious about having to pass an oral.Nora se sentía ansiosa por tener que pasar un oral.
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theory(
thihr
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i
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (body of principles)
a. la teoría
(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).
Stephen Hawking's theory on black holes is mind-bending.La teoría de Stephen Hawking sobre los agujeros negros es alucinante.
2. (conjecture)
a. la explicación
(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).
Why is Brian always late? - My theory is that he doesn't own a watch.¿Por qué siempre llega tarde Brian? - Mi explicación es que no tiene reloj.
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