Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday November 13, 2011

pérdida, noun:

Pérdida is the noun from perder. It covers the range of meanings that loss covers in English, referring to both concrete and abstract things:

para evitar pérdida de vida humana
to avoid loss of human life

una pérdida de confianza en las instituciones
a loss of confidence in institutions

The phrase es una pérdida de tiempo means it’s a waste of time:

Es una de pérdida tiempo y dinero.
It’s a waste of time and money.

If you think something such as a film or a play is really brilliant and worth going to see, in Spain no tener pérdida is an idiom you can use:

Anda a verlo, no tiene pérdida.
Go and see it, you mustn’t miss it.

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