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"Waterways" is a form of "waterway", a noun which is often translated as "la vía fluvial". "Rivers" is a form of "river", a noun which is often translated as "el río". Learn more about the difference between "waterways" and "rivers" below.
waterway
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (body of water)
a. la vía fluvial
(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).
This waterway eventually empties into the ocean.Esta vía fluvial termina vaciándose en el océano.
b. la vía navegable
(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).
Investing in the property along these waterways was a smart move back then.Invertir en propiedades a lo largo de estas vías navegables fue una decisión inteligente en ese entonces.
c. el canal navegable
(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).
This wharf has access to the major waterways in the area.Este muelle tiene acceso a los principales canales navegables de la zona.
d. el canal
(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 waterways through the city are one of its characteristic features.Los canales que atraviesan la ciudad son uno de sus rasgos característicos.
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river(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (body of water)
a. el río
(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 river overflowed its banks due to the rain.El río se desbordó a causa de la lluvia.
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