- 1 1.1 (indicating alternative)(with negative)do you want the red coat or the black one?one or the other¿quieres el abrigo rojo o el negro?would you like milk or sugar?uno u otrothat's not clever or funny¿quieres leche o azúcar?eso no tiene ni ingenio ni graciaExample sentences1.2either … or … see→ either 1.3 (in approximations) nine or ten
five minutes or sonueve o diez1.4 (showing alternative designation) an environmentalist, or green, policyunos cinco minutosuna política ecologista o verdeExample sentences
- The café is a great place for locals to meet up for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
- She never learned to read or write.
- School administrators should work to ensure that the majority of students can walk or bike to school.
- Joshua was born weighing just 18 ounces - half a kilo or just over a pound.
- Spain entered the twentieth century having lost its colonies in the New World and the Pacific in the Spanish-American War or, as it is known in Spain, the War of 1898.
- By early Tuesday he was dead - a victim of the most deadly of the world's culinary delicacies, the blowfish or fugu.
- 2 2.1 (otherwise) do as I say, or else!give it to me! — or (what)?¡haz lo que digo o vas a ver!2.2 (adding afterthought) so John and I … or am I boring you?¡dámelo! — ¿y si no, qué?así que John y yo … ¿(o) te estoy aburriendo?Example sentences
- It was just an accident or was it?
- Emily, unaware of the mental battle that was going on in his mind (or was she?), kept on walking towards him.
- Hurry up, or you'll be late for class.
- We do have to leave now or we won't be back until after sunset.
- I'd better tell him myself or I'll get in even more trouble.
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In some parts of Spain, the name given to a weekly open-air flea market where all kinds of items are sold is a rastro. The name El Rastro as such refers to a very big market of this type held in Madrid at weekends.