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"Uno" is an adjective which is often translated as "one", and "ay" is an interjection which is often translated as "ow". Learn more about the difference between "uno" and "ay" below.
uno(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (numeral or indefinite)
a. one
Me queda solo un dulce.I've only got one candy left.
Necesitamos una moneda más para completar el conjunto.We need one more coin to complete the set.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. one
Elige un número del uno al diez.Choose a number between one and ten.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
3. (numeral or indefinite)
a. one
¿Cuántas monedas necesitas? - Solo una.How many coins do you need? - Just one.
Compré uno para mí y otro para ti.I bought one for me and another for you.
4. (impersonal use)
a. one
Uno puede ganar mucho dinero al invertir.One can make a lot of money by investing.
b. you
Uno nunca sabe lo que puede salir de ahí.You never know what may come of it.
5. (unspecified person)
a. someone
Uno tocó el timbre, pero no respondí.Someone rang the doorbell, but I didn't answer.
b. somebody
Hablé con uno que sabe mucho acerca de la situación.I talked with somebody who knows a lot about the situation.
c. some (plural)
¿Todos los alumnos llegaron a tiempo? - Unos llegaron temprano y otros tarde.Did all the students arrive on time? - Some arrived early and others arrived late.
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ay(
ay
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express pain)
a. ow
¡Ay! ¡Acabas de pisarme el pie!Ow! You just stepped on my foot!
2. (used to express dismay)
a. oh dear
¡Ay! Me han robado todo.Oh dear! All my things have been stolen.
b. jeez
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ay! Me asustaste.Jeez! You scared me.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (sound)
a. cry
Su ay se oyó en todo el recinto.His cry could be heard everywhere.
b. moan
De repente, el perro soltó un ay de dolor.All of a sudden, the dog let out a painful moan.
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