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"Wide" is an adjective which is often translated as "ancho", and "small" is an adjective which is often translated as "pequeño". Learn more about the difference between "wide" and "small" below.
wide(
wayd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in dimension)
a. ancho
Angelica's house is on a wide street.La casa de Angélica se encuentra en una calle ancha.
b. de ancho (specific measurement)
The lot measures 20 meters wide.El terreno mide 20 metros de ancho.
c. vasto
No army can impose firm control over the wide desert.Ningún ejército puede imponer un control firme sobre el vasto desierto.
d. amplio
There is a wide open space between the trees where the children play baseball.Hay un amplio espacio abierto entre los árboles donde los niños juegan béisbol.
e. grande
The differences between both candidates are wide.Las diferencias entre los dos candidatos son grandes.
f. muy abierto
The girl looked at the balloon with her eyes wide with joy.La niña miró el globo con los ojos muy abiertos de la alegría.
g. como platos
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Her eyes were wide with surprise when she saw Santa Claus for the first time.Tenía los ojos como platos de la sorpresa cuando vio a Papá Noel por primera vez.
2. (in extent)
a. amplio
There was wide coverage of the demonstration in the news.Hubo una cobertura amplia de la manifestación en el noticiero.
b. extenso
Ricardo has a wide area of responsibility at work.Ricardo tiene un área extensa de responsabilidad en el trabajo.
c. gran
The restaurant offers a wide variety of desserts.El restaurante ofrece una gran variedad de postres.
3. (off target; used with "of")
a. desviado
Your first shot was good, but the second was wide of the mark.El primer tiro fue bueno, pero el segundo estuvo desviado del blanco.
b. lejos de
It was a good try, but it was wide of the target.Fue un buen intento, pero estuvo lejos de la meta.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (fully)
a. de par en par
We opened the windows wide to let the fresh air in.Abrimos las ventanas de par en par para dejar entrar el aire fresco.
b. bien
He stood on the boat deck with his feet wide apart to keep from falling over.Se paró en la cubierta del barco con los pies bien separados para evitar caerse.
c. mucho
The dentist told her to open her mouth wide.El dentista le dijo que abriera mucho la boca.
d. completamente
The children are still wide awake after playing all day.Los niños siguen completamente despiertos después de jugar todo el día.
e. totalmente
The troops will be wide open to attack if they follow the path through the mountains.Las tropas estarán totalmente expuestos a un ataque si siguen por el camino de la montaña.
5. (off target)
a. desviado
His header went wide.Su remate de cabeza salió desviado.
b. lejos
The ball went wide of the post.La pelota pasó lejos del poste.
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small(
smal
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (small in size)
a. pequeño
I have lived in a very small house for many years.He vivido en una casa muy pequeña por muchos años.
b. chico
He's eight, but he looks small for his age.Tiene ocho años, pero se ve chico para su edad.
c. chiquito (colloquial)
My feet are so small, it's hard for me to find shoes.Tengo los pies tan chiquitos que se me hace difícil encontrar zapatos.
2. (small in amount)
a. poco
It is a really small quantity for all of us.Realmente es muy poca cantidad para todos nosotros.
b. pequeño
We've had a small bump in sales.Hemos tenido un pequeño aumento en las ventas.
c. reducido
These amounts are so small; we've got to come up with a better business plan.Estas cantidades son my reducidas; hay que pensar en un mejor plan de negocios.
3. (humble)
a. pequeño
It's just a small gesture to show my appreciation.Es solo un pequeño gesto para mostrar mi aprecio.
b. de poca importancia
It's a small contribution. - Yes, but it counts.Es una aportación de poca importancia. - Sí, pero cuenta.
4. (young)
a. pequeño
When we were small, my brother and I went to the beach every summer.Cuando éramos pequeños, mi hermano y yo íbamos a la playa todos los veranos.
5. (small in scale)
a. pequeño
We have a small family business.Tenemos una pequeña empresa familiar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (handwriting)
a. chiquito
You write so small; let me go get my glasses.Escribes bien chiquito; dejame ir por mis anteojos.
7. (scale)
a. a pequeña escala
You'll never be successful if you keep thinking so small.Nunca tendrás éxito si sigues pensando a pequeña escala.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (clothing size)
a. la talla chica
(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).
Do you have this shirt in a small?¿Tienes esta camisa en talla chica?
smalls
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (clothing)
a. la ropa interior
(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 can't go outside in your smalls.No puedes salir afuera en tu ropa interior.
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