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"Quick" is an adjective which is often translated as "rápido", and "rapid" is an adjective which is also often translated as "rápido". Learn more about the difference between "quick" and "rapid" below.
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.
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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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (quick)
a. rápido
We can't kayak in the river because the current is too rapid.No podemos hacer kayak en el río porque la corriente es demasiado rápida.
b. veloz
Adding an enzyme to the vial will make for a much more rapid chemical reaction.Añadir una enzima al frasco hará que la reacción química sea mucho más veloz.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
2. (fast-moving water)
a. los rápidos
(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).
During our vacation, we went rafting on the whitewater rapids.Durante las vacaciones, fuimos a hacer rafting por rápidos de aguas bravas.
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