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"General" is an adjective which is often translated as "general", and "major" is a noun which is often translated as "la especialidad". Learn more about the difference between "general" and "major" below.
general(
jehn
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uhr
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uhl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (applicable to all)
a. general
The general meeting of property owners will take place Friday.La reunión general de los propietarios será el viernes.
2. (overall)
a. general
The general level of the students at the high school was low.El nivel general de los alumnos en el colegio era bajo.
3. (widespread)
a. general
The general belief was that the abandoned house was inhabited by a poltergeist.La creencia general era que la casa abandonada estaba habitada por un poltergeist.
4. (not specialized)
a. general
The talk was addressed to the general public, so I couldn't use too much specialist vocabulary.La charla iba dirigida al público general, así que no podía usar demasiados tecnicismos.
5. (usual)
a. general
As a general rule, dogs are not allowed on this beach.Por regla general, no se admiten perros en esta playa.
6. (unspecific)
a. general
In general terms, this new phone model is lighter, slimmer, and faster.En términos generales, este nuevo modelo de teléfono es más ligero, más fino y más rápido.
7. (rank or title)
a. general
Who is the general manager of the company?¿Quién es el gerente general de la empresa?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (military)
a. el general
(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).
, la general
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The general ordered the soldiers to break ranks.El general ordenó a los soldados romper filas.
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major(
mey
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juhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (education)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la especialidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have to declare a major next year.El año que viene tenemos que elegir una especialidad.
b. la carrera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What is your major at the university?¿Qué carrera estudias en la universidad?
2. (military)
a. el comandante
(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).
, la comandante
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A major ranks above a captain but below a lieutenant colonel.Un comandante está por encima de un capitán, pero por debajo de un teniente coronel.
b. el mayor
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The order came from a major of the US army.La orden procedía de un mayor del ejército norteamericano.
3. (music)
a. el mayor
(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).
The orchestra performed the song in B major.La orquesta interpretó la canción en si mayor.
4. (student)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Arnold is a Physics major.Arnold estudia física como asignatura principal.
What can a Language major do when they graduate?¿A qué se pueden dedicar las personas que estudian lenguas cuando se gradúan?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (considerable)
a. importante
Corruption is still a major obstacle for the country's development.La corrupción sigue siendo un obstáculo importante para el desarrollo del país.
6. (serious)
a. grave
We have a major problem on our hands.Tenemos un problema grave en nuestras manos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (education)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. especializarse
I majored in psychology in college.En la universidad me especialicé en psicología.
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