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"Upper" is an adjective which is often translated as "superior", and "above" is a preposition which is often translated as "sobre". Learn more about the difference between "upper" and "above" below.
upper(
uh
-
puhr
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (spatially and numerically)
a. superior
Ozone has become depleted in the upper atmosphere.El ozono ha disminuido en la atmósfera superior.
b. más alto
We hiked across the upper slopes to a mountain cabin.Hicimos una caminata por las laderas más altas a una cabaña de montaña.
c. de arriba
Cristina lives on the upper floor.Cristina vive en el piso de arriba.
d. máximo
The upper limit for storage space has been exceeded.El límite máximo del espacio de almacenamiento se ha superado.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
In the US, individuals that make up the upper income range are capitalists and entrepreneurs.En los EE. UU., las personas que conforman el nivel de ingresos más alto son capitalistas y empresarios.
Juan, a millionaire, is in the upper tax bracket.Juan, un millonario, está en la banda impositiva más elevada.
2. (in importance)
a. superior
She started out washing dishes 20 years ago, and now she works in upper management.Comenzó lavando platos hace 20 años, y ahora trabaja en la gerencia superior.
b. alto
The committee sent the bill to the upper chamber for a vote.El comité envió la propuesta de ley a la cámara alta para su votación.
3. (upstream)
a. alto
The upper Nile flows through South Sudan.El alto Nilo fluye a través de Sudán del Sur.
4. (northern)
a. del norte
The upper peninsula of Michigan is separated from the rest of the state by Lake Michigan.La península del norte de Michigan está separada del resto del estado por el lago Michigan.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(drug)
a. la anfeta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Taylor overdosed on uppers and almost died.Taylor tomó una sobredosis de anfetas y casi se muere.
6. (footwear)
a. el empeine
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The uppers on my shoes are still in good condition, even thought the soles have worn out.Los empeines de mis zapatos todavía están en buenas condiciones, a pesar de que las suelas se han desgastado.
uppers
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (teeth)
a. la dentadura superior
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You are going to need braces on your uppers, but the lowers are fine.Vas a necesitar frenos en la dentadura superior, pero la dentadura inferior está bien.
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above(
uh
-
buhv
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (over)
a. sobre
There was a lovely painting of a summer sky above the table.Había un lindo cuadro de un cielo veraniego sobre la mesa.
b. encima de
There was a huge spider walking above the doorway.Había una araña enorme caminado encima de la puerta.
c. arriba de
The airplanes were flying above the Washington Monument.Los aviones volaban arriba del Monumento a Washington.
2. (more than)
a. más de
All children above five years of age are required to attend school.Todos los niños de más de cinco años de edad deben asistir a la escuela.
b. por encima de
The price of milk in that store is always above four dollars.El precio de la leche en esa tienda siempre está por encima de cuatro dólares.
3. (superior in status)
a. por encima de
You must obey his orders because he is above you.Tienes que obedecer sus órdenes porque está por encima de ti.
4. (morally superior)
a. por encima de
You'll have to excuse me; I am above petty matters like these.Me tendrán que disculpar; estoy por encima de asuntos insignificantes como estos.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (higher)
a. arriba
There were several archers aiming at us from above.Había varios arqueros apuntándonos desde arriba.
6. (superior in status)
a. de rango superior
All officers from lieutenant and above are required to attend.Todos los oficiales desde el teniente hasta los de rango superior deben asistir.
7. (before)
a. arriba (in a text)
As can be seen above, this contract includes several ambiguously worded clauses.Como se puede ver arriba, este contrato incluye varias cláusulas redactadas de manera ambigua.
8. (more than)
a. para arriba
For those patrons who are 60 and above, we have senior discounts.Para los clientes de 60 para arriba, tenemos descuentos de la tercera edad.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (occurring before)
a. de arriba
The above picture was taken in 1865.La foto de arriba se tomó en el año 1865.
10. (aforementioned)
a. sobredicho
The above example illustrates the necessity for climate change policies.El ejemplo sobredicho demuestra la necesidad de políticas de cambio climático.
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