An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (corteously)
a. cortésmente
We asked Terry if she wanted to play basketball, and she politely refused.Le preguntamos a Terry si quería jugar al baloncesto, y se negó cortésmente.
b. amablemente
I asked if I could join the team. After a minute of laughter, they politely said no.Les pregunté si podía jugar en el equipo. Después de reírse por un minuto, me dijeron amablemente que no.
c. educadamente
He asked me if I knew anything about computers. I just smiled politely and thought, "If he only knew."Me preguntó si sabía algo de computadoras. Me limité a sonreír educadamente y pensé: "Si supiera".
2. (out of politeness)
a. por cortesía
I politely offered to walk her home, but fortunately she took a taxi.Por cortesía, le ofrecí acompañarla hasta su casa, pero por suerte se tomó un taxi.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. educadamente, cortésmente
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politely [pəˈlaɪtlɪ]
1 (courteously) [+ask, listen, refuse] cortésmente; [+smile] cortésmente; amablemente
I sent them a politely worded letter les mandé una carta muy correcta
he politely but firmly refused Kurt rose and managed to smile politely the porter smiled politely at her he inquired politely about my health She waited politely until we'd finished and then spoke
2 (out of politeness) por cortesía
I politely overlooked his bad manners por cortesía, pasé por alto su falta de educación
they applauded politely when he had finished Kravis listened politely, but clearly had other matters on his mind they stood up politely when she entered the room
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