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Pez/Pescado?

Both mean 'fish', but I've encountered sentences in which Duolingo claimed only one of them could be translated as so. What's the difference?

November 10, 2012

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ninjade

Pez is a live fish. Pescado is a dead fish to be eaten. The lines between the two can be blurry.

November 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josephschommer

pez is to cow, as pescado is to beef.

November 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/newfoundlust

Pez is the live animal. Pescado is once they have caught it, not necessarily to be eaten. Pescado is actually the perfect tense of "pescar" to fish. So it has been "fished".

November 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzyStudySpanish

I see.. :)

November 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzyStudySpanish

Interesting.. So how about a sportsfisher who √°lways throws his fish back into the water after catching it? (I'm trying to find the limit)

November 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cora.ariza

that would be a "pescado" as well, as the fish has been taken out of the water using a fishing technique. Once it is back in the water, it becomes a "pez" again.

November 12, 2012
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