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"Uso" is a noun which is often translated as "use", and "usar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to use". Learn more about the difference between "uso" and "usar" below.
uso(
oo
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soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (employment)
a. use
El uso excesivo de las computadoras puede dañar la vista.The excessive use of computers can damage your eyesight.
2. (purpose)
a. use
Esta herramienta fue diseñada específicamente para uso industrial.This tool was designed specifically for industrial use.
3. (linguistics)
a. usage
El examen tomará en cuenta el uso del lenguaje.The exam will take language usage into account.
4. (practice)
a. custom
Me gusta aprender sobre los usos y tradiciones en otros países.I like to learn about the customs and traditions in other countries.
5. (habitual use)
a. wear
Esos zapatos no son de uso diario.Those shoes aren't for everyday wear.
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usar(
oo
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sahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to utilize)
a. to use
Puedes usar mi teléfono viejo si no logras encontrar el tuyo.You can use my old phone if you don't manage to find yours.
2. (to have on)
a. to wear
Voy a usar mi chaqueta nueva cuando haga frío.I'm going to wear my new jacket when it gets cold.
usarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to be in fashion)
a. to be worn
En verano se vuelven a usar los vestidos y las faldas.In summer, dresses and skirts are worn again.
b. to be in fashion
Se usaban los overoles en los ochenta y los noventa.Overalls were in fashion in the eighties and nineties.
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