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16:40 Sep 14, 2000
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: old
This term is an adjective
Sean
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naSee belowIvan Sanchez
naOne more important thing left unmentioned so far:
Luis Luis
naThere are many words for "old" and the one to use depends on the context,
Luz Bordenkircher
nasee belowTranProZ


  

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19 mins
see below


Explanation:
This depends entirely on the context. For example:

1. an old person - "una persona anciana/vieja" - meaning aged.

2. a thing or clothes - viejo
3. clothes - viejo, usado (used), gastado (worn out)
4. bread - duro (hard, stale)
5. wine - añejo (gone off, turned acidic), matured, vintage - reserva.
6. thing with expression of years - años - this building is 300 years old - este edificio tiene tres cientos años.
7. old-established, long-standing - viejo, antiguo.

So, take your choice, "viejo" come out as being the most common one to use but IT REALLY DOES DEPEND ON THE CONTEXT, as there are phrases like, "un antiguo alumno" - an old boy (from my old school!).

I hope this helps. The best & simplest thing to do in your case would be to buy a simple pocket dictionary.

TranProZ

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24 mins
There are many words for "old" and the one to use depends on the context,


Explanation:
if referring to people:
viejo
anciano
en la tercera edad
de edad avanzada
senil
veterano

if about things or ages

antiguo
anticuado
arcaico
añejo

Your choice. Good Luck!


Luz Bordenkircher
Local time: 11:25
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 208

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2 hrs
One more important thing left unmentioned so far:


Explanation:
The gender of the adjective as to agree with the gender of the noun, normally preceding it.
So, the word you want is most likey "Viejo" or "Vieja"; the former is in the masculine gender (if it is a man, for example) the latter is in the feminine gender used like, "una mujer vieja; una casa vieja".

Regards.
Luis Luis

Luis Luis
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Local time: 10:25
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 10

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2 hrs
See below


Explanation:
There's nothing to discuss: "Old" means "viejo", "añejo", in Spanish. Refers as "far advanced in the years of one's or it's life": an old man; an old horse. The only question might be the gender: "viejo" (he),"vieja" (she).
Good luck, Sean.

Ivan Sanchez
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 731

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