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"Uno" is an adjective which is often translated as "one", and "otro" is an adjective which is often translated as "another". Learn more about the difference between "uno" and "otro" 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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otro(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (different)
a. another (singular)
Pásame otra servilleta.Pass me another napkin.
b. other (plural)
Compraron otras galletas.They bought other cookies.
2. (new)
a. another
¿Podría tomar otro trozo de tarta?May I have another piece of cake?
3. (following)
a. next
Al otro día, todo se había olvidado.The next day, all was forgotten.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
4. (a different one)
a. another
Mi vestido está manchado pero mi madre me traerá otro.My dress is stained but my mother will bring me another.
b. another one
Desapareció mi bolígrafo pero tengo otro.My pen disappeared but I have another one.
5. (a new one)
a. another
Acabé mi trozo de pastel; tráeme otro.I finished my cake; bring me another.
b. another one
Ese era tu último cuaderno, ¿te compro otro?That was your last notebook. Should I buy you another one?
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