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"Un" is an indefinite article which is often translated as "a", and "tres" is an adjective which is often translated as "three". Learn more about the difference between "un" and "tres" below.
un(
oon
)
An indefinite article is a word that indicates that a noun is not specific (e.g. a girl).
1. (singular)
a. a
Había un coche estacionado en la puerta.There was a car parked at the gate.
b. an (before vowel sound)
Tienen una vieja cámara que todavía funciona.They have an old camera which is still working.
2. (plural)
a. some
Compré unos libros muy interesantes.I bought some very interesting books.
Conseguí unas manzanas deliciosas en el mercado.I got some delicious apples at the market.
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tres(
trehs
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. three
Compré tres libros nuevos en la librería.I bought three new books at the bookstore.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. three
El tres es mi número de la suerte cuando juego en los casinos.Three is my lucky number when I gamble in casinos.
b. third (in dates)
Hoy estamos a tres de diciembre. ¡Cómo pasa el tiempo!Today is the third of December. Time sure does fly!
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