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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. (act of sharpening)
a. el afilado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Someone from a local shop comes to the restaurant to pick up the knives, and they do the sharpening for us.Alguien de un taller local viene al restaurante para recover los cuchillos, y ellos nos hacen el afilado.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (related to sharpening)
a. de afilar
This knife is pretty dull. - Here, I'll bring you a sharpening stone.Este cuchillo está bastante romo. - A ver, te traigo una piedra de afilar.
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