The usual translation of or, o, becomes u when it precedes a word beginning with o or ho.
- 1 1.1 (indicating alternative)(with negative)do you want the red coat or the black one?
ni¿quieres el abrigo rojo o el negro?one or the otheruno u otrowould you like milk or sugar?¿quieres leche o azúcar?that's not clever or funnyeso no tiene ni ingenio ni graciaExample sentences1.2either … or … see→ either 1.3 (in approximations) nine or ten
nueve o diezfive minutes or sounos cinco minutos1.4 (showing alternative designation) an environmentalist, or green, policyuna 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!¡haz lo que digo o vas a ver!give it to me! — or (what)?¡dámelo! — ¿y si no, qué?2.2 (adding afterthought) so John and I … or am I boring you?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.