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"Empleado" is a noun which is often translated as "employee", and "trabajador" is an adjective which is often translated as "hardworking". Learn more about the difference between "empleado" and "trabajador" below.
el empleado, la empleada(
ehm
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pleh
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ah
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doh
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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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trabajador(
trah
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bah
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hah
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dohr
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (industrious)
a. hardworking
Ella es muy trabajadora y está comprometida a lograr sus metas profesionales.She's very hardworking and committed to achieving her professional goals.
b. hard-working
Mi plomero es trabajador y responsable; lo recomiendo mucho.My plumber is hard-working and responsible; I highly recommend him.
2. (employed)
a. working
La mayoría de los niños trabajadores de Quito son limpiabotas.The majority of the working boys in Quito are shoeshiners.
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. (wage-earner)
a. worker
Los trabajadores del turno de noche tienen que dormir de día.Night workers have to sleep during the daytime.
b. employee
Mis trabajadores roban material de oficina de la empresa.My employees are stealing office supplies from the company.
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