Los padres and los abuelos


I've recently started to learn Spanish and I'm confused with two words - abuelos and padres. As I understand they can both mean grandparents/grandfathers and parents/fathers accordingly

So, If wanna say for example "all fathers of the world" how do I do that without confusion with "all parents of the world"?

P.S. Thank you all for the answers. I guess I have to get used to it =)

December 9, 2018


To my knowledge, padres can only mean fathers/parents and abuelos can only mean grandfathers/grandparents. supports this notion:

Abuelo can also be used to refer to any old person.

Because fathers and parents are both "padres" you cannot tell exactly which one is meant by "Todos los padres del mundo" without context.

December 9, 2018

You cannot tell the difference, except by context. "Todos los padres del mundo se preocupan por sus hijos" is likely "All parents in the world care for their children" but "Todos los padres del mundo sueñan con que sus hijos sean como Goku" is likely "All fathers in the world dream about their sons being like Goku"....

December 9, 2018

It's a common theme in Spanish that a word that means a boy, father, grandfather in the singular can change meaning in the plural to mean children, parents and grandparents.

boy - niño, children - niños
father - padre, parents - padres
abuelo - grandfather, grandparents - abuelos

December 9, 2018
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