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"Ejemplar" is an adjective which is often translated as "exemplary", and "copia" is a noun which is often translated as "copy". Learn more about the difference between "ejemplar" and "copia" below.
ejemplar(
eh
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hehm
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plahr
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (worthy of emulation)
a. exemplary
He recomendado tu ascenso porque tu rendimiento ha sido ejemplar.I've recommended you for promotion because your performance has been exemplary.
b. model
Lourdes fue una alumna ejemplar quien siempre sacó las mejores notas.Lourdes was a model student who always got top grades.
2. (serving as a warning)
a. exemplary
Es necesario darle a ese traidor un castigo ejemplar.We need to give that traitor an exemplary punishment.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (reproduction)
a. copy
Todos los miembros del comité recibirán un ejemplar del informe.All committee members will receive a copy of the report.
4. (edition)
a. issue
Me hacen falta un par de ejemplares en mi colección de revistas de diseño interior.I'm missing a couple of issues in my interior design magazine collection.
5. (representative example of a group)
a. specimen
El zoológico de nuestra ciudad tiene un magnifico ejemplar de tigre siberiano.Our city's zoo has a magnificent specimen of a Siberian tiger.
b. example
Tengo ejemplares de varios tipos de especies marinas en mi acuario.I have examples of several types of marine species in my aquarium.
6. (model)
a. prototype
Este es el ejemplar del carro que estaremos sacando al mercado en dos años.This is the prototype of the car we'll be launching in two years' time.
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copia(
koh
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pyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (reproduction)
a. copy
Envíanos el documento original y dos copias en un sobre.Send us the original document and two copies in an envelope.
2. (fake)
a. imitation
El museo tiene una copia del David de Miguel Ángel.The museum is exhibiting an imitation of Michelangelo's David.
b. replica
Manuel intentó venderme la copia del cuadro, no el original.Manuel tried to sell me a replica of the painting, not the original.
c. copy
La torre es una copia precisa del Big Ben.The tower is an exact copy of Big Ben.
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