Spanish Word of the Day
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
pobre adjective: poor
  • Like English poor, pobre has several shades of meaning. It can refer to not being rich:
    una familia pobre a poor family
  • It can also refer to something such as a country or a diet, which is poor in something:
    una familia pobre a poor family
    un país pobre en recursos, como Cuba a country which is poor in resources, such as Cuba
    pobre en carbohidratos poor in carbohydrates
  • You also use pobre to express your pity or compassion for someone. In this case, it comes before the word it modifies:
    una familia pobre a poor family
    un país pobre en recursos, como Cuba a country which is poor in resources, such as Cuba
    pobre en carbohidratos poor in carbohydrates
    Me da pena, el pobre hombre. I feel sorry for the poor man.
  • Notice how you use de in these next phrases:
    una familia pobre a poor family
    un país pobre en recursos, como Cuba a country which is poor in resources, such as Cuba
    pobre en carbohidratos poor in carbohydrates
    Me da pena, el pobre hombre. I feel sorry for the poor man.
    pobre de mí/ti/él poor me/you/him
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