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"Diplomado" is an adjective which is often translated as "qualified", and "grado" is a noun which is often translated as "degree". Learn more about the difference between "diplomado" and "grado" below.
diplomado(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (graduate)
a. qualified
Aunque el aspirante al puesto no es diplomado, tiene mucha experiencia en el área.Although the job applicant is not qualified, he does have extensive experience in the field.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (qualified person)
a. holder of a diploma
Para hacer la maestría, es requisito ser diplomado.You must be a holder of a diploma to enter the Master's course.
b. graduate
La dirección del departamento quedó a cargo de una diplomada de la Universidad de Santiago.The management of the department was left in the hands of a graduate from the University of Santiago.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (education)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. diploma course
Este año ofrecemos un nuevo diplomado en teatro musical.This year we are offering a new diploma course in Musical Theater.
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grado(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (unit of measurement)
a. degree
Hoy se espera una temperatura máxima de 28 grados y una mínima de 15.A high temperature of 28 degrees and a low of 15 is expected today.
Traza un ángulo de 36 grados.Draw a 36 degree angle.
2. (level)
a. degree
Sufrió quemaduras de segundo grado por haber tocado el escape.He suffered second degree burns from touching the exhaust pipe.
3. (family relation)
a. degree
Gerardo y Fernanda son primos del segundo grado. Comparten bisabuelos.Gerardo and Fernanda are cousins in the second degree. They share great grandparents.
4. (education)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. grade
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mis hijas están en el quinto grado.My daughters are in fifth grade.
b. year
Natalie va en el segundo grado de educación primaria.Natalie is in her second year of primary education.
c. degree (diploma)
El tío de mi esposa tiene el grado de doctor.My wife's uncle has a doctoral degree.
5. (military)
a. grade
Él es oficial de grado de campo.He is a field grade officer.
b. rank
Ella tenía el grado de capitán en el ejército.She held the rank of captain in the army.
6. (legal)
a. stage
El juicio se encuentra en grado de revisión.The trial is in the review stage.
7. (grammar)
a. degree
"Más grande" es un adjetivo comparativo de segundo grado."Bigger" is a comparative adjective of the second degree.
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