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"Estar al tanto" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to know", and "informado" is an adjective which is often translated as "informed". Learn more about the difference between "estar al tanto" and "informado" below.
estar al tanto(
ehs
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tahr
 
ahl
 
tahn
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toh
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be abreast of the facts)
a. to know
¿Sabías que García dimitió? - Sí, estoy al tanto.Did you know Garcia has resigned? - Yes, I do know.
2. (to be abreast of the facts; used with "de")
a. to be up to date with
A mi abuelo le encantan los artilugios electrónicos, y está al tanto de todo lo que sale al mercado.My grandfather loves electronic gadgets, and he's up to date with everything that comes on the market.
b. to be informed about
El jefe ya está al tanto del problema. Ahora es él quien tiene que decidir cómo proceder.The boss has already been informed about the problem. Now it's up to him how we should proceed.
c. to keep abreast of
Nuestra página web te ayudará a estar al tanto de todas las becas disponibles para estudiar en el extranjero.Our webpage will help you to keep abreast of all the grants that are avabilable to study abroad.
d. to know about
¿Están tus padres al tanto de tus planes de irte de casa?Do your parents know about your plans to leave home?
3. (to be vigilant)
a. to keep an eye out
Tengo que estar al tanto de la llegada del cartero. Espero una carta certificada.I have to keep an eye out for the postman. I'm expecting a registered letter.
b. to keep an eye
La pasta tiene que hervir solo dos minutos. - No te preocupes, que yo estoy al tanto.The pasta has to boil for only two minutes. - Don't worry, I'll keep an eye on it.
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informado(
eem
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fohr
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mah
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. informed
El doctor me prometió mantenerme informado sobre la salud de mi abuelo.The doctor promised to keep me informed about my grandfather's health.
b. knowledgeable
Para ser guía de turistas, debes estar informado sobre la historia de la ciudad.To be a tour guide, you must be knowledgeable about the history of the city.
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