There are 4 main translations of mal in English:

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mal 1

adjetivo

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There are 4 main translations of mal in English:

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mal 2

adjetivo invariable

  • 1 1.1estar mal
    (enfermo, con mal aspecto)
    to be bad o ill
    (anímicamente)
    to be o feel low
    [familiar]
    to be o feel down
    [familiar]
    me siento mal
    I don't feel well
    I feel ill
    hace días que ando mal del estómago
    I've been having trouble with my stomach for some days now
    lo encontré muy mal, pálido y desmejorado
    he didn't seem at all well, he looked pale and sickly
    está muy mal, no se ha repuesto de lo del marido
    she's in a bad way, she hasn't got over what happened to her husband
    ¡éste está mal de la cabeza!
    he's not right in the head
    esas cosas me ponen mal
    things like that really upset me
    1.2 (incómodo, a disgusto) See examples: ¿tan mal estás aquí que te quieres ir?
    are you so unhappy here that you want to leave?
    tú allí estás mal
    you aren't comfortable there
  • 2 [familiar] (en frases negativas) (refiriéndose al atractivo sexual) See examples: no está nada mal
    he's/she's not at all bad
    [familiar]
  • 4 (insatisfactorio) See examples: los soufflés siempre me quedan mal
    my soufflés never turn out right
    estoy or quedé or salí muy mal en esta foto
    I look awful in this photo
    le queda mal ese peinado
    that hairstyle doesn't suit her
    la casa no está mal, pero es cara
    the house isn't bad o is quite nice but it's expensive
    sacarnos un millón no estaría nada mal
    I wouldn't mind winning a million
  • 6 (indicando escasez)estar mal de algoestamos mal de dinero
    we're hard up
    [familiar]
    we're short of money
    estamos mal de arroz
    we have hardly any rice (left)
    we're low on o almost out of rice

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mal 3

adverbio

  • 2 (desventajosamente) See examples: se casó muy mal
    she made a bad marriage
    vendieron muy mal la casa
    they got a terrible price for the house
    el negocio marcha mal
    the business isn't doing very well
  • 5 (difícilmente) See examples: mal puedes saber si te gusta si no lo has probado
    you can hardly say o I don't see how you can say whether you like it when you haven't even tried it
Example sentences
  • Piel enrojecida con exudado mal oliente de color café adherido a la piel.
  • No mal informen a los lectores de su prestigioso medio.
  • Osea solo porque les cae mal hay que tratarlos como animales.

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There are 4 main translations of mal in English:

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mal 4

sustantivo masculino

  • 2 (daño, perjuicio) See examples: no le perdono todo el mal que me hizo
    I can't forgive her all the wrong she did me
    le estás haciendo un mal consintiéndole todo
    you're doing her a disservice o you're not doing her any good by giving in to her all the time
    el divorcio de sus padres le hizo mucho mal
    her parents' divorce did her a lot of harm
    lo que me dijo me hizo mucho mal
    what he said hurt me deeply o really hurt me
    ver tb mal3 6
  • 3 (inconveniente, problema) See examples: los males que aquejan a nuestra sociedad
    the ills afflicting our society
    la contaminación es uno de los males de nuestro tiempo
    pollution is one of the evils of our time
    a grandes males grandes remedios
    desperate situations call for desperate measures
    no hay mal que cien años dure
    nothing goes on for ever
    no hay mal que por bien no venga mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos, … pero a mucha gente le pasó lo mismo — mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos
    … but the same thing happened to a lot of other people — so that makes you feel better, does it?
    [ironic]
    todos mis amigos suspendieron también, así que mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos
    all my friends failed too, so that's some consolation, I suppose o so that makes things a bit better, I suppose
    quien canta sus males espanta
    problems don't seem so bad if you keep cheerful

    Compounds

    mal menor

    • (entre dos alternativas)
      lesser of two evils
      eso fue un mal menor porque se podría haber matado
      in fact he was lucky o he can count himself lucky, he could have been killed
Example sentences
  • El caso de Rivera es un mal precedente para toda la democracia.
  • El intervencionismo estatal es un mal endémico en la economía estadounidense.
  • No lo tome a mal, su trabajo me parece extraordinario.

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