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"Formal" is an adjective which is often translated as "formal", and "plural" is a noun which is often translated as "el plural". Learn more about the difference between "formal" and "plural" below.
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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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (grammar)
a. el plural
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Contrary to popular misunderstanding, the plural of "octopus" is "octopuses."En contra de lo que equivocadamente se suele creer, el plural de "octopus" es "octopuses".
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (expressing plurality)
a. plural
The plural form of "mouse" is "mice."La forma plural de "mouse" es "mice".
b. en plural
The word "alumni" is already a plural noun; the singular would be "alumnus" or "alumna."La palabra "alumni" ya es un sustantivo en plural; el singular sería "alumnus" o "alumna".
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