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"Un montón" is a phrase which is often translated as "a lot", and "bola" is a noun which is often translated as "ball". Learn more about the difference between "un montón" and "bola" below.
un montón
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (a big amount)
a. a lot
Dentro de la casa abandonada había un montón de basura.Inside the abandoned house there was a lot of trash.
b. lots
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Le saqué un montón de fotos a la torre Eiffel.I took lots of pictures of the Eiffel Tower.
c. loads
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mi primo ganó un montón de dinero jugando al póquer por internet.My cousin made loads of money playing poker online.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (very much)
a. a lot
¿Cuándo vas a venir a visitarme? Te extraño un montón.When are you coming to visit me? I miss you a lot.
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bola(
boh
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lah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (spherical body)
a. ball
El sol se ve como una enorme bola amarilla.The sun looks like a giant yellow ball.
2. (sports)
a. ball
Los niños están jugando con una bola en el parque.The kids are playing with a ball in the park.
b. marble
Colecciono bolitas de vidrio de muchos colores.I collect little multi-colored glass marbles.
c. boules
Los franceses viejitos jugaban bola en el jardín.The elderly Frenchmen played boules in the garden.
3. (culinary)
a. scoop
¿Cuántas bolas de helado quieres?How many scoops of ice cream do you want?
4. (polish)
a. shoe polish
Necesito comprar bola para pulir mis botas.I need to buy shoe polish to shine my boots.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(gossip)
a. rumor
No andes divulgando bolas si no quieres que piensen mal de ti.Don't go around spreading rumors if you don't want people to think poorly of you.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(lie)
a. fib
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mi hermano le dijo una bola a mi mamá.My brother told my mom a fib.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(group)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. bunch
Fui al cine con una bola de mis cuates.I went to the movies with a bunch of my buddies.
bolas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(testicles)
a. balls
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Le dio una patada en las bolas.He kicked him in the balls.
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