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"Empleado" is a noun which is often translated as "employee", and "funcionario" is a noun which is often translated as "civil servant". Learn more about the difference between "empleado" and "funcionario" below.
el empleado, la empleada(
ehm
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pleh
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ah
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doh
)
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).
1. (employed person)
a. employee
La empresa en la que trabajo tiene 500 empleados.The company I work for has 500 employees.
b. worker
Los empleados pueden utilizar esta sala a la hora de comer.The workers are allowed to use this room during their lunch break.
c. clerk (in a bank or office)
La empleada me dijo que tenía que tener copia de mi informe de crédito para conseguir la hipoteca.The clerk told me that I needed to have a copy of my credit report in order to receive the mortgage.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (utilized)
a. used
Algunas de las armas empleadas en la película se están subastando.Some of the weapons used in the movie are being auctioned.
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el funcionario, la funcionaria(
foon
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syoh
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nah
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ryoh
)
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).
1. (public employee)
a. civil servant
Mi hermana es funcionaria por oposición.My sister became a civil servant after passing the official exam.
b. official
La orden vino de arriba; al parecer, de un alto funcionario del Ministerio de Defensa.The order came from above; apparently from a senior official in the Department of Defense.
2. (employee of an organization)
a. member of staff
Adela es funcionaria de la Organización Internacional de la Salud.Adela is a member of staff of the International Health Organization.
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