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"Ubicación" is a noun which is often translated as "location", and "lugar" is a noun which is often translated as "place". Learn more about the difference between "ubicación" and "lugar" below.
ubicación(
oo
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bee
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kah
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syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (place)
a. location
Mira un mapa para ver la ubicación del centro de información.Check the location of the information center on a map.
b. position
Un reloj de sol muestra la hora basada en la ubicación del sol.A sundial shows the time based on the sun's position.
2. (act of locating)
a. location
La policía solicita ayuda para determinar la ubicación de una mujer desaparecida.The police are asking for help to determine the location of a missing woman.
b. placement
El gobierno fomenta la ubicación de más empresas trasnacionales en el país.The government encourages the placement of more multinational companies in the country.
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lugar(
loo
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gahr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (location)
a. place
Todo estaba en su lugar cuando llegué.Everything was in place when I arrived.
b. spot
Este es un buen lugar para armar la carpa.This is a good spot to set up the tent.
2. (position)
a. place
Acabó la carrera en el cuarto lugar.She finished the race in fourth place.
3. (situation)
a. place
Si te pusieras en mi lugar verías que no es fácil ser yo.If you put yourself in my place, you'd see it isn't easy being me.
4. (space)
a. room
¡Perdón! Ya no hay lugar en el carro.Sorry! There's no room in the car.
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