Quick answer
"Datos" is a plural noun which is often translated as "data", and "información" is a noun which is often translated as "information". Learn more about the difference between "datos" and "información" below.
datos(
dah
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tohs
)
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (computing)
a. data
Este sistema operativo es lento procesando grandes volúmenes de datos.This operating system is slow to process large amounts of data.
dato
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (truth)
a. piece of information
Me acabo de enterar de un dato interesante que salió de la encuesta.I just found out about an interesting piece of information that came out of the survey.
b. fact
No podemos decir nada hasta que tengamos todos los datos.We can't say anything until we have all the facts.
c. detail
Antes de que entre, necesito que rellene esta hoja con sus datos.Before you go in, I need you to fill out this form with your personal details.
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información(
eem
-
fohr
-
mah
-
syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (data)
a. information
La información sobre el precio del ordenador que me diste es errónea.The information you gave me about the price of the computer is wrong.
2. (detailed account)
a. news
El meteorólogo dio la última información sobre la ubicación del huracán.The meteorologist gave the latest news about the location of the hurricane.
b. report
La información de la policía afirma que hay dos heridos entre los secuestrados.The police report states that there are two injured among the kidnapped.
3. (press)
a. news
Un experto se encarga de la información económica del programa de televisión.An expert is the responsible of the financial news section of the TV program.
4. (counter)
a. information desk
Preguntamos en información dónde estaba la sección de ropa de bebé.We asked at the information desk where the department of baby clothes was.
5. (telecommunications)
a. Directory Assistance
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Llamé a información en busca de la dirección del arquitecto.I called Directory Assistance in search of the architect's address.
b. Directory Enquiries (United Kingdom)
No me acordaba del número de Juan, así que llamé a información para preguntar.I couldn't remember Juan's number, so I called Directory Enquiries to ask.
c. information service
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El servicio de información me proporcionó los datos que necesitaba sobre la empresa.The information service gave me the data I needed about the company.
6. (computing)
a. data
Toda la información introducida en la computadora se guarda automáticamente.All data entered in the computer is saved automatically.
7. (military)
a. intelligence
Los servicios de información afirman que el enemigo ha avanzado a la frontera.The intelligence services state that the enemy has advanced to the border.
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