Quick answer
"Correct" is an adjective which is often translated as "correcto", and "proper" is an adjective which is also often translated as "correcto". Learn more about the difference between "correct" and "proper" below.
correct(
kuh
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rehkt
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (without error)
a. correcto
That's correct. Lions are carnivores.Eso es correcto. Los leones son carnívoros.
2. (amount or time)
a. exacto
Excuse me, I don't think you gave me the correct change. I gave you a five.Disculpe, creo que no me dio la vuelta exacta. Le he dado cinco.
3. (proper)
a. correcto
His behavior was always correct and proper.Su comportamiento era siempre correcto y apropiado.
b. apropiado
I don't think this is a correct use of public funds.No creo que esto sea un uso apropiado de los fondos públicos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to put right)
a. corregir
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he ordered two.Corríjame si me equivoco, pero creo que pidió dos.
5. (to counteract)
a. corregir
Her glasses will correct her near-sightedness.Las gafas le corregirán su miopía.
6. (education)
a. corregir
I have a pile of essays to correct.Tengo una pila de trabajos para corregir.
7.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to punish)
a. castigar
He used a cane to correct unruly pupils.Usaba la palmeta para castigar a los alumnos revoltosos.
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proper(
pra
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puhr
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (accurate)
a. correcto
What's the proper way to change a tire?¿Cuál es la manera correcta de cambiar una llanta?
2. (appropriate or seemly)
a. apropiado
It's not proper to be discussing our next vacation during mass.No es apropiado platicar de nuestras próximas vacaciones durante la misa.
b. adecuado
I don't think a cocktail dress is proper attire for a job interview.No creo que un vestido de fiesta sea la vestimenta adecuada para una entrevista de trabajo.
3. (in the strictest sense)
a. propiamente dicho
Disneyland is not in Los Angeles proper, but rather in a suburb of L.A.Disneylandia no está en Los Angeles propiamente dicho, sino en un suburbio de L.A.
4. (with formal manners)
a. formal
Miss Baumann is a very proper young lady.La señorita Baumann es una señorita muy formal.
5. (complete) (United Kingdom)
a. verdadero
I'm a proper idiot. I tried to brush my hair with my toothbrush this morning.Soy un verdadero idiota. Intenté cepillarme el cabello con el cepillo dental esta mañana.
6. (grammar)
a. propio
"Cuba" is a proper noun."Cuba" es un nombre propio.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(really) (United Kingdom)
a. realmente
I was proper grateful when my mate spotted me a pint.Estaba realmente agradecido cuando mi amigo me invitó a una cerveza.
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