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"Estadounidense" is an adjective which is often translated as "American", and "ciudadano" is a noun which is often translated as "citizen". Learn more about the difference between "estadounidense" and "ciudadano" below.
estadounidense(
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doo
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dehn
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of the United States)
a. American
La industria del cine estadounidense es la más grande del mundo.The American film industry is the biggest in the world.
b. U.S.
La fuerza naval estadounidense tiene una base en Bahréin.The U.S. Navy has a base in Bahrain.
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. (nationality)
a. American
Conozco a muchos estadounidenses hispanohablantes.I know many Spanish-speaking Americans.
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el ciudadano, la ciudadana(
syoo
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noh
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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. (inhabitant)
a. citizen
Los ciudadanos exigieron ser escuchados por el gobierno.The citizens demanded to be heard by the government.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (of a city)
a. civic
Para que una ciudad se transforme en comunidad, se necesita el compromiso ciudadano.In order for a city to be transformed into a community, civic engagement is needed.
b. city
La vida ciudadana tiene ciertas ventajas comparada con la vida rural.City life has certain advantages compared to rural life.
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