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"Upstairs" is an adverb which is often translated as "arriba", and "downstairs" is an adverb which is often translated as "abajo". Learn more about the difference between "upstairs" and "downstairs" below.
upstairs(
uhp
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stehrz
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (on a higher floor)
a. arriba
Where is my blanket? - It's upstairs.¿Dónde está mi cobija? - Está arriba.
b. al piso de arriba
Take the laundry upstairs and put it away.Lleva la ropa limpia al piso de arriba y guárdala.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm going upstairs to go to bed now.Ya voy a subir a acostarme.
The kids chased the dog upstairs.Los niños persiguieron el perro al piso superior.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (on a higher floor)
a. de arriba
Can you please clean the upstairs bathroom?¿Puedes limpiar el baño de arriba, por favor?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (higher floor)
a. el piso de arriba
(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 upstairs is off limits to guests.No se permite la entrada a los huéspedes al piso de arriba.
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downstairs(
daun
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stehrz
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (on a lower level)
a. abajo
When I'm in my room, I can hear everything that happens downstairs.Cuando estoy en la habitación, puedo oír todo lo que pasa abajo.
b. en el piso de abajo
The neighbors who live downstairs are so noisy!¡Los vecinos que viven en el piso de abajo son muy ruidosos!
c. en la planta baja (ground floor)
The trash cans are located downstairs, next to the emergency exit.Los contenedores de basura están en la planta baja, junto a la salida de emergencia.
2. (indicating movement)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I fell downstairs and twisted my ankle.Caí por las escaleras y me torcí el tobillo.
She ran downstairs as soon as the fire started.Apenas empezó el incendio, bajó corriendo por las escaleras.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (on a lower level)
a. de abajo
Your parents can stay in the downstairs guest room. My parents are already upstairs.Tus padres pueden quedarse en el cuarto de huéspedes de abajo. Mis padres ya están arriba.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (first floor)
a. la planta baja
(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).
There is a bank located in the building's downstairs.Hay un banco localizado en la planta baja del edificio.
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