Quick answer
"Formal" is an adjective which is often translated as "formal", and "polite" is an adjective which is often translated as "educado". Learn more about the difference between "formal" and "polite" below.
formal(
fawr
-
muhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (dressy)
a. formal
Everyone is looking forward to the spring formal dance.Todo el mundo está a la espera del baile formal de primavera.
b. elegante
She wore a formal gown to the wedding.Se puso un vestido elegante para la boda.
2. (official)
a. formal
I'm not happy with the service, so I am going to file a formal complaint.No estoy contento con el servicio, así que voy a presentar una queja formal.
b. oficial
We need to sign a formal contract before we can do business with you.Necesitamos firmar un contrato oficial antes de hacer negocios con ustedes.
c. protocolario
The formal swearing in ceremony will be on Thursday at 3 pm.La toma de protesta protocolaria será el jueves a las 3 pm.
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polite(
puh
-
layt
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (courteous)
a. educado
A polite lady always says "Thank you." - Yes, Grandma.Una señorita educada siempre da las gracias. - Sí, abuelita.
Your children are so polite!¡Tus hijos son muy educados!
2. (behaved)
a. educado
The boy was very polite, he didn't misbehave once.El niño fue muy educado, no se portó mal ni una vez.
3. (respectful)
a. respetuoso
They were taught to always be polite and listen to their grandfather's stories.A ellos se les enseñó ser respetuosos y escuchar los cuentos de su abuelo.
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