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"Diplomado" is an adjective which is often translated as "qualified", and "licenciado" is a noun which is often translated as "graduate". Learn more about the difference between "diplomado" and "licenciado" below.
diplomado(
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ploh
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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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el licenciado, la licenciada(
lee
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sehn
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syah
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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).
1. (college graduate)
a. graduate
La nueva profesora es licenciada en psicología de la Universidad de Los Andes.The new teacher is a graduate in psychology from Los Andes University.
2. (legal; form of address)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. Mr. (masculine)
El licenciado Fernández es experto en derecho penal.Mr. Fernandez is an expert in criminal law.
b. Ms. (feminine)
La licenciada Blanco les representará.Ms. Blanco will be representing you.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (soldier)
a. discharged
Muchos soldados licenciados regresaron a sus hogares con lesiones graves.Many discharged soldiers returned home with severe injuries.
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