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Grammar Glossary for Spanish Students


Old Mac computer

Una computadora. (A computer.)

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Definition: In both English and Spanish, a noun is a word that refers to and names a person, place, thing, concept, entity or action. Grammatically, a noun can serve as the subject of a sentence or the object of a verb or preposition. A noun can also be described by adjectives or replaced by a pronoun.

Also known as: Nombre or sustantivo in Spanish

Examples in Spanish: computadora, Ricardo, Nueva York, felicidad, condado, fumar (can also function as a verb)

Corresponding examples in English: computer, Richard, New York, happiness, county, smoking (can also function as a verb)

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