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"Elemental" is an adjective which is often translated as "elementary", and "escuela secundaria" is a noun which is often translated as "high school". Learn more about the difference between "elemental" and "escuela secundaria" 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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escuela secundaria(
ehs
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kweh
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lah
 
seh
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koon
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dah
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ryah
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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. (education)
a. high school
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Formamos la banda cuando aún estábamos todos en la escuela secundaria.We formed the band when we were all still in high school.
b. secondary school (United Kingdom)
Adela trabaja de profesora en una escuela secundaria.Adela works as a teacher in a secondary school.
c. senior high (grades 9 to 12)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Lucy y yo nos conocimos en la escuela secundaria.Lucy and I met in senior high.
d. middle school (grades 6 to 8)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi hijo está todavía en la escuela secundaria.My son is still in middle school.
e. junior high (grades 6 to 8)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Cuando termine la escuela secundaria, iré a un instituto público.When I finish junior high, I'll go to a public high school.
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