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Usage note
In Spanish, the conjunction "u" is used instead of "o" before a word beginning with "o" or "ho." This word may be capitalized in sense 5) and must be capitalized in sense 6).
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (used to give alternatives)
a. or
¿Qué color prefieres, verde o azul?What color do you prefer, green or blue?
2. (used in a correlation; "o" is used before each alternative)
a. either...or
Terminarás tu tarea o por las buenas o por las malas.You're going to finish your homework either the easy way or the hard way.
3. (otherwise)
a. o
Haz lo que te digo o no vamos al parque.Do as I say or we won't go to the park.
4. (in other words)
a. o
La residencia del presidente de los Estados Unidos, o Casa Blanca, fue construida en 1790.The residence of the President of the United States, or the White House, was built in 1790.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
5. (letter)
a. o
La o va antes de la p en el abecedario.O comes before p in the alphabet.
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
6. (West)
a. W
¿Cuáles son las coordenadas? - 28°37'N y 106°5'O.What are the coordinates? - 28°37'N and 106°5'W.
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u is used instead of o in front of words beginning with o or ho (e.g. mujer u hombre woman or man).
1. or
  • 25 ó 26 invitados 25 or 26 guests
  • o… o either… or
  • o te comportas, o te quedarás sin cenar either you behave yourself or you're not getting any dinner, unless you behave yourself, you won't get any dinner
  • cansado o no, tendrás que ayudar (whether you're) tired or not, you'll have to help
  • o sea (que) in other words
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o ... o either ... or
(Com) orden o
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