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"Empleado" is a noun which is often translated as "employee", and "operario" is a noun which is often translated as "worker". Learn more about the difference between "empleado" and "operario" below.
el empleado, la empleada(
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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 operario, la operaria
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. (general)
a. worker
Los operarios del ayuntamiento están colocando la nueva estatua en la plaza.The city hall workers are placing the new statue in the square.
b. operative
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
La niña cayó al pozo y unos operarios especializados en rescates la sacaron.The girl fell in the well and some specialized rescue operatives retrieved her.
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