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"Excepcional" is an adjective which is often translated as "exceptional", and "ocasional" is an adjective which is often translated as "occasional". Learn more about the difference between "excepcional" and "ocasional" below.
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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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ocasional
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (irregular)
a. occasional
El médico es un invitado ocasional del programa radial.The physician is an occasional guest at the radio show.
b. temporary
Es un trabajo ocasional, pero me ayuda a ganar más dinero.It's a temporary job, but it helps me earn some extra money.
2. (fortuitous)
a. accidental
No volví a ver a Franco desde aquel encuentro ocasional.I haven't seen Franco again since our accidental meeting.
b. chance
Fue un encuentro ocasional. No habíamos planeado vernos.It was a chance encounter. We hadn't planed to meet.
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