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"Diario" is an adjective which is often translated as "daily", and "cotidiano" is an adjective which is also often translated as "daily". Learn more about the difference between "diario" and "cotidiano" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (happening every day)
a. daily
Hay siete vuelos diarios de Nueva York a Madrid.There are seven daily flights from New York to Madrid.
b. every day
Debido a la sequía, los incendios ya son diarios.Due to the drought, fires are happening every day.
c. a day
Antes del auge de los sindicatos, los obreros trabajaban hasta 16 horas diarias.Before the rise of unions, workers worked up to 16 hours a day.
2. (quotidian)
a. everyday
Me encanta tu vestido. ¿Es para una ocasión especial? - No, es mi ropa diaria normal.I love your dress. Is it for a special occasion? - No, it's my normal, everyday clothes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (written record)
a. diary
Carla mantiene su diario escondido para que su hermano no lo lea.Carla keeps her diary hidden so her brother won't read it.
b. journal
Frank mantuvo un diario detallando su ascenso del anonimato a la fama.Frank kept a journal detailing his rise from anonymity to fame.
4. (publication)
a. newspaper
Lee las noticias de hoy en el diario de la ciudad.Read today's news in the city's newspaper.
b. daily
Lee noticias locales, nacionales e internacionales en el Diario de Nueva York.Read local, national, and international news in the New York Daily.
5. (finance)
a. day-to-day expenses
Lucy trata de mantener su diario por debajo del 50% de su ingreso.Lucy tries to keep her day-to-day expenses below 50% of her income.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (happening each day)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. every day
Usaba una corona de flores diario cuando estaba en Hawái.She wore a flower crown every day when she was in Hawaii.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (done each day)
a. daily
La práctica cotidiana del yoga puede disminuir el estrés.The daily practice of yoga can help reduce stress.
b. everyday
La vida cotidiana está llena de sorpresas cuando tienes un recién nacido. Everyday life is full of surprises when you have a newborn.
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