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"Uno" is an adjective which is often translated as "one", and "igual" is an adjective which is often translated as "equal". Learn more about the difference between "uno" and "igual" below.
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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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igual(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (indistinguishable)
a. equal
Una media docena es igual a seis.Half a dozen is equal to six.
b. identical
¡Ustedes dos son iguales! ¿Son gemelos?You two are identical! Are you twins?
c. the same
"No todas las mujeres son iguales, amigo," dijo Roberto."Not all women are the same, dude," said Roberto.
2. (the same on a scale)
a. equal
Todos somos iguales en esta casa y todos tenemos que cooperar con los quehaceres domésticos.We are all equal in this house, and we all have to help with the chores.
3. (similar)
a. like
Me gustaría comprar un celular igual que el tuyo.I'd like to buy a cellphone like yours.
b. alike
Las hermanas no eran nada iguales en su gusto por la ropa.The sisters were nothing alike in their taste in clothes.
c. like this
He probado muchos chocolates, pero nunca he probado nada igual.I’ve tasted lots of chocolates, but I’ve never tasted anything like this.
4. (mathematics)
a. equal
La raíz cuadrada de nueve negativo es igual a tres.The square root of negative nine is equal to three.
5. (regular)
a. steady
Hay que mantener la velocidad igual o este autobús explotará.You have to maintain a steady speed or this bus will explode.
b. constant
Las temperaturas se mantendrán igual a 31 grados toda la semana.Temperatures will remain constant at 31 degrees all week.
c. even
El centro de Texas tiene el terreno muy igual.The center of Texas has very even terrain.
6. (sports)
a. all (tennis)
Recuperó el punto Federer y se puso 15 iguales con su saque.Federer recovered the point with his serve to be at 15 all.
b. level (United Kingdom)
Los Spurs y Golden State van iguales.The Spurs and Golden State are level.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (in the same way)
a. the same
A mis gemelas les gusta vestirse igual.My twins like to dress the same.
b. just like
¡Cantas igual que una estrella de pop!You sing just like pop star!
8. (possibly)
a. maybe
Igual nos quedamos en la playa un día más.Maybe we'll stay at the beach another day.
b. perhaps
Igual te acompaño.Perhaps I'll go with you.
c. may
Igual no estén en casa cuando los visitemos.They may not be home when we stop by.
d. might
Con suerte, igual te contratan.WIth a bit of luck, they might hire you.
9. (anyway)
a. just the same
Luís pidió disculpas pero la maestra lo castigó igual.Luis apologized, but the teacher punished him just the same.
b. still
Pagué la cuota a tiempo pero me cobraron recargos igual.I paid my dues on time, but was still charged late fees.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
10. (mathematics)
a. equal sign
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Esto debe ser un signo de mayor, no de igual.This should be a greater than symbol, not an equal sign.
b. equals sign (United Kingdom)
No se olviden de poner el igual en el problema.Don't forget to write the equals sign in the problem.
11. (equal in status)
a. peer
Le preocupaba la opinión de sus iguales.He worried about what his peers thought of him.
b. equal
La nueva jefa trata a sus subordinados de la misma forma que a sus iguales.The new boss treats her subordinates the same as her equals.
iguales
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(lottery)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. lottery tickets
Compré unos iguales cuando estaba en Valencia.I bought some lottery tickets when I was in Valencia.
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