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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Quick tips: How to translate 'best' and 'worst' in Spanish!


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Best" and "worst" as adjectives are usually expressed in Spanish using mejor (pl. mejores) and peor (pl. peores), respectively, and their usage is also pretty much similar to that of their English counterparts. Remembering them is easy:

Peor derives from the Latin, pejor, a common source for the more familiar English word, pejorative (having negative connotations). Mejor spells very similar to major; imagine a major event in your city, the best you had ever seen in your life!

Time for some practice now:

el mejor presidente, the best president
la mejor cámara, the best camera
los mejores estudiantes, the best students
el peor libro, the worst book
las peores películas, the worst films
mi mejor camisa, my best shirt
nuestras mejores decisiones, our best decisions
tu peor característica, your worst quality
• ¿Qué coche es el mejor? Which car is the best?
He comprado muchas computadoras, y ésta es la peor. I have bought many computers, and this one is the worst.

When mejor or peor is functioning as a noun, lo is used as the definite article when mejor or peor refers to no particular noun. In such cases, lo mejor frequently can be translated as "the best" or "the best thing"; lo peor frequently can be translated as "the worst" or "the worst thing." A few examples:

Lo mejor es olvidar. The best thing is forgetting.
Lo mejor es que me voy a casa. The best thing is that I'm going home.
El amor es lo mejor de lo mejor. Love is the best of the best.
Lo peor es cuando haces una pregunta y nadie responde. The worst thing is when you ask a question and nobody answers.
Vi lo mejor y lo peor de la humanidad. I saw the best and the worst of humanity.

In phrases taking the form "the best/worst ... in the ...," the "in" typically is translated using de:

lo mejor coche del mundo, the best car in the world
el mejor presidente de la historia, the best president in history
el peor libro de toda la existencia humana, the worst book in all human existence
las peores películas de la serie, the worst movies in the series.

Still find it difficult to remember how to say best and worst in Spanish?

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The Spanish words for 'best' and 'worst' are 'mejor' and 'peor,' respectively. Here's a guide to using them.

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Lo peor es cuando haces una pregunta y nadie responde. The worst thing is when you ask a question and nobody answers.

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