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Old May 17, 2009, 07:56 PM
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The former...the latter... en español

I didn't seem to find a search for my question in mind. I cleared the question by looking in the back of some other text book. For this, for anyone else who may have this question, I'll proceed:

The former...the latter.
Aquél...éste.
Of course, aquél and éste may change endings according to gender and number.

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I didn't seem to find a search for my question in mind. I cleared the question by looking in the back of some other text book. For this, for anyone else who may have this question, I'll proceed:

The former...the latter.
Aquél...éste.
Of course, aquél and éste may change endings according to gender and number.

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lo anterior

el/la/lo último, a fines, a los finales

The latter is a valid point = Lo último es un punto valedero.

I am not sure where would "aquél .. éste" fit...

Hmmm "Esto último..." = This last.
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Chileno, how would you translate this sentence: ("former" refers to the Mustang and "latter" to the pickup)

I have a 1968 Mustang and a Toyota pickup truck. The former is in mint condition and the latter I use for work.
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Chileno, how would you translate this sentence: ("former" refers to the Mustang and "latter" to the pickup)

I have a 1968 Mustang and a Toyota pickup truck. The former is in mint condition and the latter I use for work.
Tengo un Mustang de 1968 y una camioneta pickup Toyota. El anterior está como nuevo, y la última la uso para el trabajo.

Even in English is a bit confusing if you are not reading correctly.
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Tengo un Mustang de 1968 y una camioneta pickup Toyota. El anterior está como nuevo, y la última la uso para el trabajo.

Even in English is a bit confusing if you are not reading correctly.
I'd say: el primero..., el segundo (o el último)...
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Would anyone use the terms posted by lagrulladelvalle? (Aquél... éste.)?
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Let's see if these examples are useful, David...


Some people prefer dogs to cats because the former are more faithful.
Algunas personas prefieren los perros a los gatos, porque aquéllos/los primeros son más fieles.

I've been offered coffee or tea. I chose the former.
Me ofrecieron café o té. Elegí aquél/el primero.

During the holidays I visited Paris and Berlin. The latter is a magnificent city.
En las vacaciones visité París y Berlín. Ésta/la segunda es una ciudad magnífica.

Spiders are not insects. The latter have six feet, the former have eight.
Las arañas no son insectos. Éstos/los primeros tienen seis patas; aquéllas/las otras/las segundas tienen ocho.
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Tienen razon. Se usa el primero/a y la/el/lo ultimo/a

Nosotros no usamos aquel/aquella... si acaso estos etc...
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I've always used éste/a and aquél/aquella. That's what I believe I heard in Central America. I would certainly understand the 'segundo/primero' sentences, though.
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