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19:39 Aug 12, 2006
Spanish to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Construction / Civil Engineering / field studies
Explanation: Well, you haven't given too much context, but I think the above would do as a translation for both. Dictionaries will often say stream for arroyo, but in English, at least here in the UK, a stream is really very insignificant, and is often found in your back garden. I fell into one today and only got my foot wet. Whereas the arroyos I have come across seem more like small rivers.
You could, of course, use river for cauce, but river and watercourse together don't work, so I suggest plumping for one term to cover both.
Nikki Graham United Kingdom Local time: 12:36 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 1726