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"Correct" is an adjective which is often translated as "correcto", and "properly" is an adverb which is often translated as "correctamente". Learn more about the difference between "correct" and "properly" below.
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.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(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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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (correctly)
a. correctamente
I understand German, but I've never learned to speak it properly.Entiendo alemán, pero nunca he aprendido a hablarlo correctamente.
b. bien
You're not doing mixing the batter properly. Let me show you.No lo estás mezclando la masa bien. Deja que te enseñe.
2. (appropriately)
a. apropiadamente
The public has a right to be properly informed about these proposals.El público tiene derecho a estar informado apropiadamente de estas propuestas.
b. adecuadamente
She's very frail. She needs someone who can look after her properly.Está muy delicada. Necesita alguien que le atienda adecuadamente.
3. (respectably)
a. correctamente
The doctor has always conducted himself properly with his patients.El médico siempre se ha comportado correctamente con sus pacientes.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(as an intensifier) (United Kingdom)
a. totalmente
We're properly lost and we don't have a compass.Estamos totalmente perdidos y no tenemos brújula.
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