In Spanish, what’s the difference between “ambient” and “ambiente”. Both mean “ambiences”, but when would you use one over the other? Please explain making reference to the below.

Example 1:

tiene un buen ambients y está decorado bien It has a great atmosphere and it is decorated well.

Example 2:

la casa tiene un ambiente muy desagradable The house has a very unpleasant atmosphere

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    This is surely a typo. Note that ambiente means a lot of things, like "ambience", "atmosphere" and "environment".
    – pablodf76
    Mar 24, 2019 at 13:47
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    In Catalan, ambients is the plural of ambient....
    – Lambie
    Mar 24, 2019 at 15:50

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The word ambient does not occur in the official dictionary of the RAE so i suspect this is a typo. The letters e and s are quite close at least on my keyboard. There is the further clue that the first example states un buen ambients implying that it is singular which conflicts with the s being a plural.

  • Would the correct version be: tiene un buen ambiente y está decorado bien Thanks!
    – big_smile
    Mar 24, 2019 at 16:16
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    @big_smile that sounds better.
    – mdewey
    Mar 24, 2019 at 16:18

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