Quick answer
"Documental" is a noun which is often translated as "documentary", and "documento" is a noun which is often translated as "document". Learn more about the difference between "documental" and "documento" below.
documental(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (film and television)
a. documentary
Estoy mirando un documental sobre Nelson Mandela.I'm watching a documentary about Nelson Mandela.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (relating to documents)
a. documentary
El demandante presentó prueba documental.The plaintiff offered documentary evidence.
b. documental
¿Tienes un registro documental que de cuenta del conflicto que has tenido con tu vecino?Do you have a documental record that gives an account of the dispute you've had with your neighbor?
3. (relating to documentaries)
a. documentary
Los alumnos están grabando una película documental sobre la corrupción en los deportes escolares.The students are filming a documentary film about corruption in school sports.
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documento(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (text)
a. document
Dejé los documentos con toda la información en tu mesa ayer.I left the documents with all the information on your table yesterday.
2. (official paper)
a. documento
Necesitaremos ver el documento de matrícula del carro.We'll need to see the car's registration document.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los solicitantes tendrán que presentar documentos que demuestren que carecen de los fondos necesarios.Applicants will need to provide documentary proof that they lack the required funds.
Al registrarse en un hotel, deberá presentar un documento que pruebe su identidad.When checking into a hotel, you'll need to present a proof of identity.
3. (testimony)
a. document
Estas fotos constituyen un documento único de la vida en Nueva Orleáns en el siglo XIX.These photos are a unique document of life in 19th-century New Orleans.
b. record
Ella veía la Biblia como un documento histórico más que un texto sagrado.She regarded the Bible as a historical record rather than a sacred text.
4. (computing)
a. documento
Guarda el documento en tu escritorio.Save the document to your desktop.
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