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"Excepcional" is an adjective which is often translated as "exceptional", and "frecuente" is an adjective which is often translated as "frequent". Learn more about the difference between "excepcional" and "frecuente" below.
excepcional(
ehk
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sehp
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syoh
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nahl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unusual)
a. exceptional
Me autorizaron a ausentarme por circunstancias excepcionales.My absence was authorized because of exceptional circumstances.
2. (excellent)
a. exceptional
Lo mejor de la obra es la excepcional actuación de los protagonistas.The best thing about the play is the protagonists' exceptional performance.
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frecuente(
freh
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kwehn
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teh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (repeated)
a. frequent
Cristina tiene dolores de cabeza frecuentes.Cristina has frequent headaches.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Es frecuente que Ignacio beba demasiado.Ignacio often drinks too much.
No era frecuente que Manuela visitara a sus tíos.Manuela didn't often visit her uncle and aunt.
2. (habitual)
a. common
Esta enfermedad es muy frecuente en personas mayores de 50 años.This illness is very common in the over 50s.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Por aquel tiempo no era frecuente hablar de estos temas.At that time it was unusual to talk about such matters.
Es frecuente que estos enfermos tengan otros síntomas.These patients often have other symptoms.
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