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"Gato" is a noun which is often translated as "cat", and "tienes un perro" is a phrase which is often translated as "you have a dog". Learn more about the difference between "gato" and "tienes un perro" below.
el gato, la gata(
gah
-
toh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (animal)
a. cat
Mi gato maúlla cuando tiene hambre.My cat meows when he is hungry.
2.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(personal attendant)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. servant
¡No soy tu gato, hazlo tú!I'm not your servant; do it yourself!
b. maid (feminine)
Si quieres café, sírvetelo. No soy tu gata.If you want coffee, get it yourself. I'm not your maid.
3. (nationality)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. person from Madrid
¿Qué sabrá ese de flamenco? Es un gato.What does he know about flamenco? He's from Madrid.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (tool)
a. jack
No sé dónde está el gato en este coche.I don't know where the jack is in this car.
5. (game)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. tic-tac-toe
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Para jugar gato, solo necesitas un lápiz y un papel.To play tic-tac-toe, you just need a pencil and a piece of paper.
b. noughts and crosses (United Kingdom)
Necesitas una estrategia para ganar al gato.You need a strategy to win noughts and crosses.
6. (folk dance)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
(River Plate)
a. gato
Mi abuelo me enseñó a bailar gato.My grandfather taught me how to dance gato.
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tienes un perro(
tyeh
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nehs
 
oon
 
peh
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rroh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(second person singular)
a. you have a dog
Si tienes un perro, debes llevarlo con correa fuera de casa.If you have a dog, you must keep it on a leash outside your home.
b. you have one dog (not several)
Tienes un perro, dos gatos y un conejillo de Indias. ¿De veras necesitas otra mascota?You have one dog, two cats, and a guinea pig. Do you really need another pet?
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