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"Exitoso" is an adjective which is often translated as "successful", and "genial" is an adjective which is often translated as "great". Learn more about the difference between "exitoso" and "genial" below.
exitoso(
ehk
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see
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toh
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soh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. successful
Mi tía dice que es exitosa porque también es trabajadora y honesta.My aunt says she's successful because she's also hardworking and honest.
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genial(
heh
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nyahl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (very good)
a. great
Es genial que vas a poder pasar tu cumpleaños con tus mejores amigos.It's great that you can spend your birthday with your best friends.
2. (clever, humorous)
a. funny
Ella siempre está contando alguna historia genial.She is always telling some funny story.
b. witty
Mi cuñado es un tipo muy genial, muy agudo.My brother-in-law is a very witty, very sharp guy.
3. (genius)
a. brilliant
El genial autor Jorge Luís Borges escribió "Las ruinas circulares".The brilliant author Jorge Luís Borges wrote "The Circular Ruins."
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (expressing satisfaction)
a. great
¿Ya terminaste con el proyecto? - ¡Genial!You already finished the project? - Great!
5. (expressing sarcasm)
a. great
¡Genial! Otra vez no funciona la calefacción.Great! The heating doesn't work again.
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