stepping stone
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This word may also be spelled "stepping-stone."
stepping stone
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (stone in a river)
a. la piedra para cruzar el río
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I slipped on a stepping stone and fell into the water.Resbalé en una de las piedras para cruzar el río y caí al agua.
2. (means to an end; often used with "to")
a. el paso adelante
(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).
Matt saw the job just as a stepping stone in his career.Matt veía el puesto solo como un paso adelante en su carrera.
b. el escalón
(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).
Their latest record is yet another stepping stone to greatness.Su último disco es otro escalón más hacia la gloria.
c. el peldaño
(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).
Each of Parker's books was a stepping stone towards worldwide recognition.Cada libro de Parker era un peldaño hacia el reconocimiento internacional.
d. el trampolín
(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).
Many people in business say that failure is the stepping stone to success.Mucha gente del mundo de los negocios dice que el fracaso es el trampolín hacia el éxito.
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stepping stone [ˈstepɪŋstəʊn]
noun
1 pasadera (f)
2 trampolín (m);to para llegar a
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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