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"Electo" is an adjective which is often translated as "elect", and "elegido" is an adjective which is often translated as "chosen". Learn more about the difference between "electo" and "elegido" below.
electo(
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lehk
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toh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (selected)
a. elect
El gobernador electo tomará posesión de su cargo mañana.The governor elect will take up his position tomorrow.
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. (selected person)
a. elected member
El electo pronunció un discurso de agradecimiento.The elected member gave a thank-you speech.
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elegido(
eh
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leh
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hee
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (picked)
a. chosen
Creo que el tema elegido para la fiesta de cumpleaños de mi sobrino es "piratas".I think "pirates" is the chosen theme for my nephew's birthday party.
b. selected
En los aeropuertos siempre hay algunos pasajeros elegidos al azar para hacerles el cacheo.At airports, there are always some randomly selected passengers who get searched.
2. (politics)
a. elected
El candidato elegido ganó con el 60 % del voto.The elected candidate won with 60% of the vote.
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).
3. (person picked)
a. person chosen
Samantha resultó ser la elegida para representar a su clase en la ceremonia.Samantha was the person chosen to represent her class in the ceremony.
4. (religious)
a. the chosen one
La congregación rezaba al elegido.The congregation prayed to the chosen one.
elegidos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (religious)
a. the elect
Hay creyentes que piensan que ellos son los elegidos y que los demás arderán en el infierno.There are believers who think that they are the elect and that everyone else will burn in hell.
b. the chosen few
Ahora que Pablo ha empezado a ir a misa de nuevo, se comporta como si fuera uno de los elegidos.Just because Pablo has started going to church again, he's acting as he's one of the chosen few.
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