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"Diligencia" is a noun which is often translated as "diligence", and "trámite" is a noun which is often translated as "procedure". Learn more about the difference between "diligencia" and "trámite" 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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trámite(
trah
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mee
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (series of stages)
a. procedure
El trámite para obtener el pasaporte es muy sencillo.The procedure to get the passport is very simple.
b. step
En la página web se detallan todos los trámites necesarios para la obtención del visado.All the necessary steps for obtaining a visa are specified on the webpage.
c. process
Mi pasaporte está en trámite de renovación.My passport is in the process of being renewed.
2. (progression towards another stage)
a. step
A veces no es tan fácil el trámite hacia la vida laboral.Sometimes the step into working life is not that easy.
3. (convention)
a. formality
La última entrevista es puro trámite.The last interview is a mere formality.
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