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"Zapato" is a noun which is often translated as "shoe", and "tenis" is a noun which is often translated as "tennis". Learn more about the difference between "zapato" and "tenis" below.
zapato(
sah
-
pah
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (footwear)
a. shoe
Voy al centro comercial para comprar un par de zapatos para el trabajo.I'm going to the mall to buy a pair of shoes for work.
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tenis(
teh
-
nees
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sport)
a. tennis
Los muchachos están jugando al tenis en la tercera cancha de hierba.The boys are playing tennis on the third grass-court.
2. (footwear)
a. tennis shoe
Le enseñé a mi hijo a amarrarse los cordones de sus tenis.I taught my son how to tie his tennis shoes.
b. sneaker
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Me encantan tus tenis! ¿Dónde los compraste?I love your sneakers! Where did you buy them?
c. trainer (United Kingdom)
Cada mañana me pongo los tenis y me dirijo al parque para correr vueltas.Every morning, I put on my trainers and head to the park to run laps.
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