An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (optimistic)
a. positive
Me encanta que seas tan positivo cuando vienen momentos difíciles.I love that you are so positive when times get hard.
2. (affirmative)
a. positive
Recibimos reacciones bastantes positivas a la idea de parte de nuestros clientes.We've had quite a positive response to the idea from our customers.
3. (beneficial)
a. positive
Pasar un fin de semana romántico siempre es positivo para una pareja.It's always positive for a couple to have a romantic weekend away.
b. constructive
En la reunión cumbre, un portavoz dijo que las negociaciones fueron muy positivas y que había buenas posibilidades de llegar a un acuerdo.A spokesman at the summit said that the talks had been very constructive and an agreement was likely.
4. (mathematics)
a. positive
El resultado de la resta es un número positivo.The result of the substraction is a positive number.
5. (physics)
a. positive
Para que funcione el aparato debes introducir la pila con el polo positivo hacia arriba.For the device to work you have to insert the battery with the positive pole facing upwards.
6. (grammar)
a. positive
Tuvimos que hacer un ejercicio sobre el uso del grado positivo en la comparación de adjetivos.We had to do an exercise on the use of the positive form in the comparison of adjectives.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
7. (photography)
a. print
Solo tengo los positivos de las fotografías. Boté los negativos sin querer.I only have the prints of the pictures. I accidentally threw the negatives away.
b. positive
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
Los fotógrafos obtuvieron los positivos de las fotos mediante los negativos.The photographers obtained the positives of the photos from the negatives.
8. (grammar)
a. positive
Se puede formar el positivo, el comparativo y el superlativo de un adjetivo.You can form a positive, a comparative, and a superlative from an adjective.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. positive
el test dio positivothe test was positive
2. (finance)
saldo positivocredit balance
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (photography)
a. print
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1 (afirmativo, beneficioso) positive
la prueba de embarazo dio positivo the pregnancy test was positive; el atleta dio positivo the athlete tested positive; el conductor dio positivo the driver tested positive
2 (Matemáticas) positive; plus
3 [+idea] constructive
es positivo que ... it is good that ...; it is encouraging that ...
1 (Lingüística) positive
2 (Fotografía) positive; print
3 (Dep) point
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