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19 / 11 / 2007

PARTS OF A CAR-1: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope all of you had a good weekend.

One of our most active Daily Vitamin readers, Sebastià Altemir, has made another interesting suggestion. This week we will review the names of different parts of a car. (We also say automobile, motor car or motor vehicle).

Each day we will look at two or three parts and use them in examples.

Today's first car word is: Bonnet (Hood in American English)

Meaning: The metal part over the front of a motor vehicle, usually covering the engine.
(Spanish --> capó)

Example 1:
Our car broke down (averiarse) on the way to Madrid. Toni opened up the bonnet, which made me laugh a lot because he has absolutely no knowledge of how an internal combustion engine works!

Today's second car word is: Boot (Trunk in American English)

Meaning: The enclosed space at the back of a car where you put bags, suitcases, etc.
(Spanish --> maletero)

Example 2:
Janet brought so many suitcases on our weekend trip, that we didn't have enough room in the boot.

Today's third car word is: Glove compartment or Glove box

Meaning: A small enclosed space or shelf that faces the front seats of a car, used for keeping small things in. 
(Spanish --> guantera)

Example 3:
I opened up the glove compartment in Jay's car and I couldn't believe how many things he had in it: maps, pens, pencils, pieces of paper, chewing gum, tools, etc. It looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years.

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Enjoy the rest of your day.

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