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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
a. la coartada
The detectives confirmed the suspect's alibi, and he was free to go.Los detectives confirmaron la coartada del sospechoso y lo dejaron marchar.
a. la excusa
You could have at least given the teacher some sort of alibi for not having turned in your homework.Al menos, podrías haberle dado algún tipo de excusa al profesor por no haber entregado tu tarea.
b. el pretexto
(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 team's manager used the upcoming competition as an alibi for spending more on new uniforms.El mánager del equipo usó la próxima competición como pretexto para comprar nuevos uniformes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
(to cover for)
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. proporcionar una coartada a
"His wife has alibied him, but I have a feeling in my guts that she's lying," said the police inspector to his sargent."Su esposa le ha proporcionado una coartada, pero mi instinto me dice que miente", le dijo el inspector de policía a su sargento.
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