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"Bote" is a noun which is often translated as "container", and "lata" is a noun which is often translated as "can". Learn more about the difference between "bote" and "lata" below.
bote(
boh
-
teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (receptacle)
a. container
El azúcar lo mantengo en un bote en el armario.I keep the sugar in a container in the cupboard.
b. jar (of glass or plastic)
Se nos olvidó traer el bote de salsa a la fiesta.We forgot to bring the jar of salsa to the party.
c. can (of metal)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La receta requiere de un bote entero de leche de coco.The recipe calls for a whole can of coconut milk.
d. tin (of metal) (United Kingdom)
Por favor, pon todos los botes en el cubo de reciclaje.Please put all the tins in the recycling bin.
e. bottle (for liquids)
El bote de champú en la ducha está casi vacío.The bottle of shampoo in the shower is almost empty.
2. (small vessel)
a. boat
La única manera de llegar a la isla es por bote.The only way to get to the island is by boat.
3. (act of bouncing)
a. bounce
No medí bien el bote de la pelota y lo golpeé mal con la raqueta.I misread the bounce of the ball and mishit it with my racket.
4. (gratuity)
a. tip jar
Puse dos dólares en el bote del bar.I put two dollars into the bar's tip jar.
5. (grand prize)
a. jackpot
¡Nunca ganarás el bote si no compras un billete!You'll never win the jackpot if you don't buy a ticket!
6. (jail)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. slammer (slang)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Lo metieron en el bote aunque es inocente.He got thrown in the slammer even though he's innocent.
b. nick (slang) (United Kingdom)
Estuvo cinco años en el bote por ese robo.He spent five years in the nick for that robbery.
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lata(
lah
-
tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (container)
a. can
Vamos a necesitar tres latas de frijoles para la cena de esta noche.We're going to need three cans of beans for tonight's dinner.
b. tin (United Kingdom)
¿Tienes una lata de sardinas?Do you have a tin of sardines?
2. (metal)
a. tin (raw)
La lata se extrae de Bolivia.Tin is mined in Bolivia.
b. tinplate (processed)
La lata se fabrica en Argentina.Tinplate is manufactured in Argentina.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(bother)
a. pain
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hacer informes de impuestos es una lata.Doing tax reports is a pain.
b. nuisance
El tráfico de la mañana es una lata.Morning traffic is a nuisance.
c. bore
Estudiar es una lata. ¿No puedo seguir jugando un rato más?Studying is a bore. Can't I keep playing a little while longer?
4. (culinary) (Andes)
a. food
La lata que sirvieron en la cafetería sabía asquerosa.The food served in the cafeteria tasted awful.
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