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"Enamorado" is an adjective which is often translated as "in love", and "pretendiente" is a noun which is often translated as "candidate". Learn more about the difference between "enamorado" and "pretendiente" below.
enamorado(
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nah
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moh
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rah
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (romantic love; often used with "de")
a. in love
Mi primo está enamorado de mi mejor amiga.My cousin is in love with my best friend.
¡Estás enamorada y no lo puedes negar!You're in love and you can't hide it!
2. (prone to falling in love) (Southern Cone)
a. romantic
Julio es muy enamorado; cada semana cree que acaba de conocer a la chica perfecta.Julio is a romantic; every week he thinks he's met the perfect girl.
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. (romantic partner)
a. lover
Se ve con su enamorada todos los días.He meets his lover every day.
4. (fan)
a. lover
Si eres un enamorado de las artes marciales, te encantará está película.If you're a martial arts lover, you'll love this film.
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el pretendiente, la pretendienta(
preh
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tehn
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dyehn
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teh
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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. (aspirant)
a. candidate
Los pretendientes al puesto deben presentar tres cartas de recomendación.Candidates to this position must provide three letters of recommendation.
b. applicant
Hay al menos cinco pretendientes calificados para este trabajo.There are at least five qualified applicants for this position.
2. (claimant to the throne)
a. pretender
Cuando el rey murió sin heredero, la corte se dio prisa en encontrar a un nuevo pretendiente al trono.When the king died without an heir, the court scrambled to find a new pretender to the throne.
3. (admirer)
a. suitor
Si Daisy se sigue portando como una niña, nunca hallará a un pretendiente que se quiera casar con ella.If Daisy continues to behave like a child, she will never find a suitor willing to marry her.
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