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A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (demonstrative)
a. this
Esto es lo que buscaba.This is what I was looking for.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (sentence tag)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. well
Esto . . . ¿has conocido al novio de Alicia que viene esta noche? Well . . . have you met Alicia's boyfriend who is coming tonight?
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A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (esta cosa)
a. this thing
esto es tu regalo de cumpleañosthis is your birthday present
esto que acabas de decir no tiene sentidowhat you've just said doesn't make sense
esto de trabajar de noche no me gustaI don't like this business of working at night
¿para esto me has hecho venir?you got me to come here for this?
2. (expresiones)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
esto esthat is (to say)
a todo estoby the way
en estojust then, at that very moment
por estothat's why
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demonstrative pronoun
esto es difícil this is difficult
¿qué es esto?
y esto ¿qué es? whatever is this?; esto es that is; that is to say; esto de la boda es un lío this wedding business is a hassle (familiar); por esto for this reason; esto ... (vacilando) er ...; um ...; en esto entró su madre at that point his mother came in; no tiene ni esto de tonto he isn't the least o slightest bit silly
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