UN
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UN(
yu
-
ehn
)
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
abbreviation
1. (United Nations)
a. la ONU
(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).
Brazil's ambassador to the UN was key to the inclusion of womens rights in the charter.La embajadora de Brasil de la ONU fue clave para la inclusión de los derechos de las mujeres en la carta.
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UN
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la ONU
(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).
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UN
abbreviation:noun
United Nations ONU (f)
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un
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Usage note
The adjective "un" is used instead of "uno" before singular masculine nouns.
un(
oon
)
An indefinite article is a word that indicates that a noun is not specific (e.g. a girl).
1. (singular)
a. a
Había un coche estacionado en la puerta.There was a car parked at the gate.
b. an (before vowel sound)
Tienen una vieja cámara que todavía funciona.They have an old camera which is still working.
2. (plural)
a. some
Compré unos libros muy interesantes.I bought some very interesting books.
Conseguí unas manzanas deliciosas en el mercado.I got some delicious apples at the market.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (number)
a. one
Solo queda un dulce en la caja.There's only one chocolate left in the box.
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un, una
article
un is used instead of una before feminine nouns which begin with a stressed a or ha (e.g. un águila an eagle; un hacha an ax).
1. a (singular); (ante sonido vocálico) an
  • un hombre/coche a man/car
  • una mujer/mesa a woman/table
  • una hora an hour
2. some (plural)
  • había unos coches mal aparcados there were some badly parked cars
  • había unos doce muchachos there were about o some twelve boys there
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una una
indefinite article
1 (en singular) (refiriéndose a algo no conocido o de forma imprecisa) a; (antes de vocal o de h) an; (dando mayor énfasis, con expresiones temporales) one
una silla a chair; un paraguas an umbrella; hacía una mañana espléndida it was a lovely morning; hay una cosa que me gustaría saber there is one thing I would like to know; una mañana me llamó he called me one morning
una mañana de agosto Hace un día espléndido una condena de 6 meses y un día de cárcel una excursión de un día organizada por el hotel Una antigua amistad mía, me dijo un día que.. en un día determinado de la semana
2 (en plural) (uso indefinido) (algunos) some; (pocos) a few
fui con unos amigos I went with some friends; hay unas cervezas en la nevera there are a few o some beers in the fridge; unas horas más tarde a few hours later
(con partes del cuerpo)
tiene unas piernas muy largas she has very long legs
tiene unos bigotes muy largos
(con objetos a pares) some
me he comprado unos zapatos de tacón I've bought some high-heels
se caló unas gafas oscuras
necesito unas tijeras I need a pair of scissors
(con cantidades, cifras) about; around
había unas 20 personas there were about o around 20 people; there were some 20 people; unos 80 dólares about o around 80 dollars; some 80 dollars; hacía unos 30 grados it was about 30 degrees
3 (enfático)
¡se dio un golpe ...! he banged himself really hard!; ¡había una gente más rara ...! there were some real weirdos there! (familiar)
se dio una hostia en la pierna
¡sois unos vagos! you're so lazy!
adjective
(numeral) one
solo quiero una hoja I only want one sheet; una excursión de un día a one-day trip; a day trip; tardamos una mañana entera it took us a whole morning
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