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"Useful" is an adjective which is often translated as "útil", and "helpless" is an adjective which is often translated as "indefenso". Learn more about the difference between "useful" and "helpless" below.
useful(
yus
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fuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (valuable)
a. útil
Carlos prepared a useful infographic for the board meeting.Carlos preparó un infográfico útil para la reunión de la junta.
b. provechoso
Her prior experience was very useful in her new job.Su experiencia previa le fue muy provechosa en su nuevo trabajo.
2. (capable)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Kevin is useful in the kitchen.Kevin sirve bastante en la cocina.
Neighbors like that can be very useful.Vecinos así pueden venir muy bien.
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helpless(
hehlp
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lihs
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (defenseless)
a. indefenso
A baby tiger looks helpless, but it's not.Un tigre bebé se ve indefenso, pero no lo es.
b. desamparado
The police are afraid to patrol this neighborhood at night, so they leave the residents helpless.La policía tiene miedo de patrullar este barrio de noche, así que dejan a los residentes desamparados.
2. (powerless)
a. impotente
Raj felt helpless to stop the attack on the passenger in the subway.Raj sintió impotente de no poder parar el ataque contra el pasajero en el metro.
b. inútil
Greg's helpless in the ring with his dominant hand injured.Greg es inútil en el cuadrilátero con la mano dominante herida.
c. incapaz
They were helpless against the onslaught of water when the dike broke.Se vieron incapaces contra la arremetida de agua cuando el dique se rompió.
d. de impotencia
Nina got a flat tire and just sat in the car with a helpless look on her face.A Nina se le ponchó una llanta y se quedó sentada en el carro con una mirada de impotencia en la cara.
3. (uncontrollable)
a. incontrolable
John and Marie went to a lecture on the healing power of helpless laughter.John y Marie fueron a una plática sobre el poder curativo de la risa incontrolable.
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