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El foco y la foca

Is el foco the masculine of the word la foca? No quite so!

El foco has several meanings including the commonly-used word light bulb:

  • El baño está oscuro porque se quemó el foco. The bathroom is dark because the light bulb is burned out.

La foca means seal:

  • Las focas son animales mamíferos. Seals are mammals.

Other translations of el foco:

  • El foco de la investigación fue el lavado de dinero. The focal point of the investigation was the money laundering.
  • Times Square es un gran foco turístico. Times Square is an important touristic epicenter.
  • El actor debe estar debajo del foco durante su monólogo. The actor must be underneath the spotlight during his monologue.

By the way, the masculine for la foca is el foca, and remember that ‘focus’ is a false friend. The Spanish word for “focus” is “atención” or “concentratión”.

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