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"Examen" is a noun which is often translated as "exam", and "aprobación" is a noun which is often translated as "approval". Learn more about the difference between "examen" and "aprobación" below.
examen(
ehk
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sah
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mehn
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (education)
a. exam
Reprobé el último examen, así que tendré que tomarlo de nuevo en septiembre.I failed the last exam, so I'll have to retake it in September.
b. examination
¿El examen será escrito u oral?Will the examination be written or oral?
c. test
Tengo tres exámenes el mismo día.I have three tests on the same day.
2. (investigation)
a. examination
Tras un examen minucioso de los hechos, estoy convencida de que la decisión fue buena.After careful examination of the facts, I am convinced that the decision was the right one.
b. inspection
Sometieron la camioneta sospechosa a un riguroso examen.The suspicious truck was given a thorough inspection.
c. search
Con las primeras luces del día se inició un examen de la zona cerca del canal, pero no encontraron nada.At first light, a search of the area near the canal was begun, but nothing was found.
3. (medicine)
a. examination
El examen médico duró cuarenta minutos.The medical examination took forty minutes.
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aprobación(
ah
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proh
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bah
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syohn
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (authorization)
a. approval
El banco me confirmó la aprobación del préstamo que solicité.The bank confirmed the approval of the loan I requested.
b. endorsement
Es candidata a la junta directiva y pidió nuestra aprobación.She is a candidate for the board of directors, and requested our endorsement.
2. (act of passing)
a. passing
El senador votó en contra de la aprobación de la nueva la ley de educación.The senator voted against the passing of the new education law.
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