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"Quick" is an adjective which is often translated as "rápido", and "fast" is an adjective which is also often translated as "rápido". Learn more about the difference between "quick" and "fast" below.
quick(
kwihk
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (rapid)
a. rápido
I'm going to take a quick shower before dinner.Voy a darme una ducha rápida antes de cenar.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Can I have a quick word with you?¿Podemos hablar un momento?
They were quick to protest when they didn't agree.Se apresuraban a protestar cuando no estaban de acuerdo.
2. (clever)
a. listo
She's very quick. She picked up how to do the job in no time.Es muy lista. Aprendió en seguida cómo se hace el trabajo.
b. despierto
I am so happy with my class; it's full of quick students.Estoy muy contento con mi clase; está llena de alumnos despiertos.
c. rápido
This game show requires a quick mind and good memory.Este concurso requiere una mente rápida y buena memoria.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (quickly)
a. rápido
Quick, hide the letter before she sees!¡Rápido, esconde la carta antes de que la vea!
b. rápidamente
"Holmes, I need you to come here quick!" Watson shouted at the phone."¡Holmes, necesito que venga rápidamente!" vociferó Watson al teléfono.
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fast(
fahst
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (quick)
a. rápido
We took a fast train to the airport.Tomamos un tren rápido al aeropuerto.
b. veloz
Marina got a fast car for her birthday.Marina recibió un coche veloz para su cumpleaños.
2. (ahead of time)
a. adelantado
My watch is ten minutes fast.Mi reloj va diez minutos adelantado.
3. (firm)
a. firme
The roots have to be fast in the soil.Las raíces tienen que estar firmes en el suelo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I made the boat fast to a dock cleat.Amarré el barco a una cornamuza.
She jumped down from her horse, and tied the rope fast to a tree.Saltó de su caballo, y ató bien la cuerda a un árbol.
4. (that doesn't fade)
a. inalterable
You can use bleach when washing this sweatshirt, because the color is fast.Se puede usar blanqueador al lavar esta sudadera, porque el color es inalterable.
b. que no destiñe
You can wash it. The colors are fast.Puedes lavarlo. Los colores no destiñen.
5. (promiscuous)
a. disoluto
The sailors went looking for fast girls.Los marineros salieron en busca de chicas disolutas.
6. (film)
a. rápido
You’ll need fast film to take pictures at a sporting event.Necesitarás película rápida para tomar fotos en un evento deportivo.
b. sensible
I use fast film when taking pictures in bright light.Utilizo película sensible al tomar fotos con luz brillante.
7. (sports)
a. rápido
You really have to be alert, because this is a very fast playing field.Realmente tienes que estar alerta, porque es una cancha muy rápida.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (quickly)
a. rápidamente
They moved really fast, so we weren't able to follow them.Se movieron muy rápidamente, así que no los pudimos seguir.
b. rápido
It happened so fast that I hardly remember it.Sucedió tan rápido que apenas lo puedo recordar.
c. deprisa
They went faster and faster down the hill.Se fueron colina abajo cada vez más deprisa.
9. (firmly)
a. firmemente
He tied the rope fast to the pole.Ató la soga firmemente al poste.
10. (soundly)
a. profundamente
The baby was fast asleep.El bebé estaba profundamente dormido.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (period without eating)
a. el ayuno
(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).
She had to go on a fast before the operation.Tuvo que hacer ayuno antes de la operación.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
12. (to abstain from eating)
a. ayunar
Some people fast several times a year.Algunas personas ayunan varias veces al año.
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