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"Elemental" is an adjective which is often translated as "elementary", and "cuestión" is a noun which is often translated as "matter". Learn more about the difference between "elemental" and "cuestión" below.
elemental(
eh
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leh
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mehn
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tahl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (rudimentary)
a. elementary
La escuela ofrece un curso de portugués elemental.The school offers a course on elementary Portuguese.
b. basic
Estudié negocios y tengo un conocimiento elemental de contaduría.I studied business and have a basic knowledge of accounting.
2. (foundational)
a. fundamental
Se infringieron los derechos fundamentales del prisionero.The fundamental rights of the prisoners were infringed.
b. essential
La libertad es un componente elemental de la democracia.Freedom is an essential component of democracy.
3. (relating to the elements)
a. elemental
Hoy en la clase de física hablamos de las partículas elementales.Today in physics class we talked about elemental particles.
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cuestión(
kwehs
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tyohn
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (affair)
a. matter
¿De qué cuestión querías hablarme?What was the matter you wanted to talk to me about?
b. question
Aún quedan un par de cuestiones por resolver en el caso.There are still a couple of questions to be resolved in the case.
c. issue
Te veo preocupado. ¿Alguna cuestión que deba saber?You look worried. Is there some issue I ought to know about?
2. (uncertainty)
a. question
La cuestión es, ¿de verdad sabes manejar este carro?The question is, do you really know how to drive this car?
3. (query)
a. question
El cuestionario se compone de 20 cuestiones de elección múltiple.The questionnaire is made up of 20 multiple-choice questions.
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