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"Encargado" is an adjective which is often translated as "in charge of", and "portero" is a noun which is often translated as "manager". Learn more about the difference between "encargado" and "portero" below.
encargado(
ehng
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kahr
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gah
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doh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (accountable)
a. in charge of
¿Quién es el encargado de este proyecto de construcción?Who is in charge of this construction project?
b. responsible for
Carmen es la directora encargada de los asuntos sociales.Carmen is the director responsible for social affairs.
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).
2. (responsible person)
a. manager
Tengo una queja y quiero hablar con el encargado.I have a complaint, and I want to talk to the manager.
b. person in charge
¿A qué hora llega la encargada de este turno?What time does the person in charge of this shift arrive?
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el portero, la portera(
pohr
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teh
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roh
)
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. (building manager)
a. manager
Mi prima trabaja como portera en un bloque de apartamentos en Nueva York.My cousin works as a manager in an apartment block in New York.
b. superintendent
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El portero nos pidió nuestros documentos de identidad para dejarnos pasar.The superintendent asked for our identity cards to let us in.
c. super (colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La portera no levantó los ojos cuando entré.The super didn't look up when I came in.
d. caretaker (United Kingdom)
El portero vigilaba todas las cámaras de seguridad.The caretaker monitored all the security cameras.
2. (door attendant)
a. porter
El portero cerró la puerta antes de tiempo y pilló la bufanda de la mujer.The porter closed the door too soon and caught the woman's scarf in it.
b. concierge
La portera siempre saludaba a todos los vecinos.The concierge always greeted all the neighbors.
c. doorman (masculine)
Los hoteles con portero a menudo son más caros.Hotels that have a doorman are usually more expensive.
d. doorwoman (feminine)
La portera me ayudó con mis paquetes.The doorwoman helped me with my packages.
3. (sports)
a. goalkeeper
El portero paró varios tiros a puerta.The goalkeeper saved several shots.
b. goalie
La portera se lanzó para bloquear el tiro de esquina.The goalie dove to block the corner kick.
c. keeper
El portero y el delantero se chocaron en frente de la portería.The keeper and the forward ran into each other in front of the goal.
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