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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not possible)
a. imposible
It's impossible to predict what will happen.Es imposible prever lo que va a pasar.
2. (not tolerable)
a. insufrible
That man is impossible! He thinks he knows everything!¡Ese hombre es insufrible! ¡Cree que lo sabe todo!
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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. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the impossiblelo imposible
to ask the impossiblepedir lo imposible
to attempt the impossibleintentar lo imposible
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (general)
a. imposible
an impossible position/situationuna posición/situación insostenible
to make it impossible for somebody to do somethingimposibilitar a alguien hacer algo
it's not impossible that…no es imposible que…
it's impossible to say when we'll finishes imposible saber cuándo terminaremos
you're impossible!¡eres imposible!
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impossible [ɪmˈpɒsəbl]
1 (not possible) [+task, dream] imposible
impossible! ¡imposible!; ¡no es posible!; it's almost impossible to read her writing leer su letra es casi imposible; es casi imposible leer su letra; this cooker is impossible to clean! ¡esta cocina es imposible de limpiar!; ¡limpiar esta cocina es imposible!; the fog made it impossible to see very far la niebla impedía ver a mucha distancia
it is impossible for me to leave now me es imposible salir ahora
it's not impossible that ... existe la posibilidad de que ...
to be physically impossible ser físicamente imposible
note See culture box in entry easy.
2 (not tolerable) [+person] insufrible; insoportable; [+situation] insostenible
to be in an impossible position hallarse en una situación insostenible; you're impossible! ¡eres insufrible or insoportable!
the impossible lo imposible
to ask for/do the impossible pedir/hacer lo imposible
to [do] the impossible
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