1. Max2102 Member

    Is the difference between these tools the shape?. According to google images a "spade" has straight end and a "shovel" a rounded one. Is that true?
  2. kayokid

    kayokid Senior Member/Moderator

    English, USA
    Hello. I don't believe that that is true. I saw both rounded ends and straight ends when I did a google search for 'spade'. My own impression was that a spade was relatively smaller and lighter than a shovel, in general, but from the pictures that I saw that does not necessarily seem to be the case either...
  3. Alisterio

    Alisterio Senior Member

    Mexico City
    UK English
    Spades and shovels are used for different things: a spade is used for digging - it tends to have a sharp, flat end, which is useful for cutting into the earth; a shovel is used to move loose material from one place to another, like loose soil or pieces of coal - it can have either a flat end or it can be pointed, depending on the specific task it is intended for. As far as I know, both tools are translated as "pala" in Spanish...
  4. albertovidal

    albertovidal Senior Member

    Spanish, Argentina
  5. Max2102 Member

    Thanks kayokid and alisterio

    I failed to recall other word than "pala" for said tools, but It can be used in any context without any problem of meaning.

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  7. inib

    inib Senior Member

    La Rioja, Spain
    British English
    Hello again.
    In post #3 Alisterio has already done the hard work for me by explaining nicely the difference between a spade and a shovel in English. In my experience too, both are called "pala" in Spanish. But my question is: is there any way of distinguishing them by adding an adjective, for example, or if I wanted to buy one or the other, would I have to give an explanation like "una pala para cavar/una pala para cargar"?
    Thanks for any comments.
  8. Rubns

    Rubns Senior Member

    Español - Spanish (Spain)
    I think you'd have to give an explanation:

    - Spade: pala para cavar.
    - Shovel: pala (grande) para mover tierra, hojas, nieve etc.
  9. inib

    inib Senior Member

    La Rioja, Spain
    British English
    Thanks Rubns. Very clear now ;)
  10. aloofsocialite

    aloofsocialite Senior Member

    San Francisco / Oakland, CA
    English - USA (California)
  11. csmontagna New Member

    En la Argentina tenemos una distinción: Spade = Pala de punta. Shovel = Pala ancha. Trowel = Pala de jardín.

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