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"Diligencia" is a noun which is often translated as "diligence", and "recado" is a noun which is often translated as "message". Learn more about the difference between "diligencia" and "recado" below.
diligencia(
dee
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lee
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hehn
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syah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (close attention)
a. diligence
Ejecutó todas las responsabilidades de su trabajo con gran diligencia.She carried out all the responsibilities of her job with great diligence.
2. (haste)
a. speed
Volvió de la farmacia con diligencia para que su esposa no tuviera que sufrir ni un momento más.He returned from the pharmacy with speed so that his wife wouldn't have to suffer a moment more.
3. (task)
a. errand
El mensajero iba con la diligencia de informarle al rey la derrota de su ejército.The messenger went with the errand of informing the king of the defeat of his army.
b. job
Tengo la diligencia de supervisar esta transacción.I have the job of overseeing this transaction.
4. (transport)
a. stagecoach
La marquesa vio que venían los ladrones por la ventanilla de su diligencia.The marchioness saw that the thieves were coming from the window of her stagecoach.
diligencias
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (legal)
a. formalities (plural)
Vamos al ayuntamiento para hacer todas las diligencias judiciales para casarnos.We're going to the town hall to go through all the legal formalities for us to get married.
b. proceedings (plural)
El acusado dijo muy poco durante las diligencias judiciales.The defendant said very little during the judicial proceedings.
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recado(
rreh
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kah
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doh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (correspondence)
a. message
Me temo que el Sr. González no se encuentra. ¿Quisiera dejarle algún recado?I'm afraid Mr. Gonzalez isn't in. Would you like to leave him a message?
El cartero trajo un recado para usted, señor.The mailman brought a message for you, sir.
2. (task)
a. errand
Voy al centro para hacer un par de recados.I'm going to run some errands downtown.
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