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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (work surface)
a. el mostrador
(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).
(in a store or restaurant)
You'll find screwdrivers at the counter of any hardware store.Encontrarás destornilladores en el mostrador de cualquier ferretería.
b. la ventanilla
(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).
(in a bank, government office or post office)
Taxpayers lined up at the information counter of the IRS office.Los contribuyentes hacían cola en la ventanilla de información de la delegación de Hacienda.
c. la barra
(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).
(in a bar)
She left her empty glass on the counter and paid.Dejó su vaso vacío en la barra y pagó.
d. la cubierta
(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).
(in a kitchen)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I spilled some juice on the counter.Derramé jugo en la cubierta.
e. la mesada
(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).
(in a kitchen)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
Leave the groceries on the counter. I'll put them in the fridge later.Deja la compra en la mesada. Luego la colocaré en el refrigerador.
f. la encimera
(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).
(in a kitchen)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I chose a granite counter for my kitchen because it's easy to clean.Elegí una encimera de granito para mi cocina porque es fácil de limpiar.
2. (games)
a. la ficha
(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).
In backgammon, each player needs 15 counters.En el backgammon, cada jugador necesita 15 fichas.
3. (machine or device)
a. el contador
(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).
Place the stack of notes in the counter and it will count it for you.Pon el fajo de billetes en el contador y te los contará.
4. (counterbalance)
a. el contrapeso
(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).
Work on the project acted as a counter to her depression.El trabajo en el proyecto servía de contrapeso a su depresión.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (to express opposition; used with "to")
a. en contra de
This idea runs counter to the conservative view on immigration.Esta idea está en contra de la posición de los conservadores sobre inmigración.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to oppose)
a. contrarrestar (a negative factor or unwanted effect)
To counter the students' lack of interest, the school will launch a new program of activities.Para contrarrestar la falta de interés de los alumnos, la escuela emprenderá un nuevo programa de actividades.
b. rebatir (an argument or opinion)
I countered his argument with a quotation from his own report.Rebatí su argumento citando su propio informe.
c. replicar (as an answer)
"It's not a lie!" he countered."¡No es mentira!", replicó.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to respond)
a. responder
They countered by declaring war on Britain.Respondieron declarando la guerra a Gran Bretaña.
b. contraatacar (sports or games)
They countered with a second goal.Contraatacaron marcando un segundo gol.
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counter
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
counter toen contra de
to run counter toestar en contra de
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (argument, assertion)
a. responder a
to counter that…replicar que…
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to counter by doing somethingreaccionar haciendo algo
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counter [ˈkaʊntəʳ]
noun
1 [of shop] mostrador (m); [of canteen] barra (f); (position in post office, bank) ventanilla (f)
you can buy it over the counter (Med) esto se compra sin receta médica
to buy under the counter comprar de estraperlo or bajo mano
2 (in game) ficha (f)
3 (Téc) contador (m)
modifier
counter staff (n) personal (m) de ventas
in snack bar
counter [ˈkaʊntəʳ]
adverb
counter to contrario a; en contra de; to run counter to ir en sentido contrario a; ser contrario a
transitive verb
[+blow] responder a; parar; [+attack] contestar a; hacer frente a
to counter sth with sth/by doing sth contestar a algo con algo/haciendo algo
intransitive verb
to counter with contestar or responder con
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