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"Examen" is a noun which is often translated as "exam", and "para" is a preposition which is often translated as "for". Learn more about the difference between "examen" and "para" below.
examen(
ehk
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sah
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mehn
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (education)
a. exam
Reprobé el último examen, así que tendré que tomarlo de nuevo en septiembre.I failed the last exam, so I'll have to retake it in September.
b. examination
¿El examen será escrito u oral?Will the examination be written or oral?
c. test
Tengo tres exámenes el mismo día.I have three tests on the same day.
2. (investigation)
a. examination
Tras un examen minucioso de los hechos, estoy convencida de que la decisión fue buena.After careful examination of the facts, I am convinced that the decision was the right one.
b. inspection
Sometieron la camioneta sospechosa a un riguroso examen.The suspicious truck was given a thorough inspection.
c. search
Con las primeras luces del día se inició un examen de la zona cerca del canal, pero no encontraron nada.At first light, a search of the area near the canal was begun, but nothing was found.
3. (medicine)
a. examination
El examen médico duró cuarenta minutos.The medical examination took forty minutes.
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para(
pah
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rah
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to express intention or design)
a. for
Lo hice para ti.I did it for you.
Estas vitaminas son para niños.These vitamins are for children.
2. (used to express purpose)
a. for (used before a gerund)
Lo quiero para cocinar la pasta.I want it for cooking the pasta.
b. in order to (used before an infinitive)
Para ser salvavidas, tienes que saber nadar muy bien.In order to be a lifeguard, you have to know how to swim really well.
c. to (used before base form)
¿Para qué quieres el dinero? Lo quiero para aprender a cantar.What do you want the money for? I want it to learn to sing.
3. (used to express direction)
a. for
Salimos mañana para Londres.We are leaving for London tomorrow.
b. to
¿Para dónde se dirige ese tren?Where is that train going to?
4. (used to express time)
a. for
Tengo que encontrar un compañero de apartamento para el mes que viene.I need to find a roommate for next month.
b. by
Tenemos que entregar el trabajo para fin de mes.We have to hand the work in by the end of the month.
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