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"Exacto" is an adjective which is often translated as "exact", and "exactamente" is an adverb which is often translated as "exactly". Learn more about the difference between "exacto" and "exactamente" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (using strict accuracy)
a. exact
Hay que tomar la medida exacta, porque un pequeño error puede echar a perder todo el proyecto.You need take the exact measurement, because a small mistake can spoil the whole project.
b. precise
Un cirujano plástico lleva a cabo cirugías muy exactas.A plastic surgeon performs very precise surgeries.
c. accurate
El ingeniero hizo un cálculo exacto del peso que el edificio puede soportar.The engineer made an accurate calculation of the weight the building can support.
2. (identical)
a. exact
Antes de la época digital, era casi imposible hacer copias exactas.Before the digital age, it was almost impossible to make exact copies.
3. (truthful)
a. correct
El artículo aunque era exacto, no estaba completo.While the article was correct, it was not complete.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (affirmative response)
a. exactly
Lo hizo Daniel. - Exacto. Ya te lo había dicho, pero no me creías.Daniel did it. - Exactly. I told you he did, but you didn't believe me.
b. precisely
¿Trabajas en ese edificio? - ¡Exacto!Do you work in that building? - Precisely!
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exactamente(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. exactly
Tienes que hacer exactamente lo que te dije; no cambies nada.You need to do exactly what I told you; don't change anything.
b. precisely
Dijiste exactamente lo que yo estaba pensando.You said precisely what I was thinking.
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