oiga
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oiga(
oy
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gah
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(used to call someone's attention; imperative; second person singular)
a. excuse me
¡Oiga! Se olvida de su gorro, señora. - ¡Ah, gracias!Excuse me! You've forgotten your hat, ma'am. - Oh, thanks!
b. hey
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Oiga, no puede pasar ahí. Es solo para el personal. ¿No vio el letrero?Hey, you can't go in there. It's personnel only. Didn't you see the sign?
c. oi
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(angrily) (United Kingdom)
¡Oiga! ¿Qué hace en mi jardín? ¡Salga ahora mismo!Oi, what are you doing in my garden? Get out now!
2.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(used to ask someone to listen; imperative; second person singular)
a. listen
¡Suélteme! ¿Quiénes son ustedes? - Oiga, señora, estamos aquí para ayudarle. Somos personal sanitario, así que tranquilícese.Let go of me! Who are you? - Listen, ma'am, we're here to help you. We're paramedics, so calm down.
b. hold on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(offended)
Tal vez su esposo bebió más de la cuenta. - ¡Oiga, señorita, un respeto!Maybe your husband drank one too many. - Hold on, young lady! Show a little respect.
c. hang on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(offended)
Usted ha dicho que soy un ladrón. - Oiga, que yo no he dicho eso.You said I'm a thief. - Hang on, I didn't say that.
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Phrases with "oiga"
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oiga, mi gente
listen, everybody
oiga, por favor
listen, please
oiga, camarero
excuse me, waiter
no pasa nada, oiga
hey, it's okay
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