acaso

acaso(
ah
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kah
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soh
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (maybe)
a. perhaps
Acaso en la próxima reunión podamos tratar ese tema.Perhaps we can discuss the topic in the next meeting.
2. (in rhethorical questions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Acaso no te acuerdas que te toca pagar?I guess you've forgotten it's your turn to pay, have you?
¿Acaso no es la guerra la industria más poderosa?Isn't war the most powerful industry?
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acaso
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (general)
a. perhaps
¿acaso no lo sabías?are you trying to tell me you didn't know?
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acaso
adverb
1 (en preguntas retóricas)
¿acaso no quiere?
¿acaso no te lo he dicho cien veces? haven't I told you a hundred times?; ¿acaso tengo yo la culpa de lo que haga mi hermana? (how) am I to blame for what my sister does?; ¿acaso yo lo sé? how would I know?
2 (quizá) perhaps
acaso no es verdad lo que dicen perhaps what they say is not true; es acaso el más prestigioso galardón de poesía it is perhaps the most prestigious poetry award
están tristes, acaso por la derrota
acaso venga perhaps he will come
acaso hubiéramos podido convencerles acaso le remuerde la conciencia fue el primer bar gay definido como tal, y acaso el primero tolerado en Bilbao
3
si acaso: no quiero nada, si acaso algo de fruta I don't want anything, except maybe o perhaps some fruit; está bueno, si acaso un poco dulce it's quite good, if perhaps a bit too sweet; no tienes que ir, si acaso lo llamas por teléfono you don't have to go, just give him a phone call; si acaso llama, dímelo if by any chance he phones, let me know
no beberé alcohol, si acaso una copita
4
por si acaso just in case; yo por si acaso llevo impermeable I'm wearing a raincoat just in case; llévalo por si acaso hace falta take it, just in case you need it; por si acaso viniera just in case he should come o were to come
le ingresaron por si acaso había que operar voy a ir por si acaso, a ver qué ocurre
chance
al acaso at random
por acaso por un acaso by (any) chance
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