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"En curso" is a phrase which is often translated as "in progress", and "actual" is an adjective which is often translated as "present". Learn more about the difference between "en curso" and "actual" below.
en curso(
ehn
 
koor
-
soh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. in progress
El mensaje en la pantalla decía: "Instalación en curso".The message on the screen read: "Installation in progress."
b. in process
No puedes cancelar la investigación en curso.You can't cancel the research in process.
c. underway
La construcción está en curso. El puente estará listo en seis meses.The construction is underway. The bridge will be ready in six months.
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actual(
ahk
-
twahl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of the present time)
a. present
Dada la inestabilidad política actual, vuelos a ese país han sido suspendidos.Given the present political instability, flights to that country have been suspended.
b. current
La burbuja inmobiliaria causó la crisis económica actual.The current economic crisis was caused by the housing bubble.
c. contemporary
La conquista del espacio es una parte importante de nuestra historia actual.The conquest of space is an important part of our contemporary history.
d. present-day
El asunto más importante en la política actual es el calentamiento global.The most important issue in present-day politics is global warming.
2. (modern)
a. up-to-date
Nuestra empresa ofrece los equipos informáticos más actuales.Our company provides the most up-to-date computing equipment.
b. fashionable
Le gusta ir vestida con el estilo más actual.She likes to dress in the most fashionable style.
3. (relating to current events)
a. topical
Es importante mantenerse informado sobre los temas más actuales.It is important to keep updated on highly topical issues.
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