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"Independent" is an adjective which is often translated as "independiente", and "independently" is an adverb which is often translated as "independientemente". Learn more about the difference between "independent" and "independently" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (self-supporting)
a. independiente
I raised my children to be independent and hard-working.Crié a mis hijos para que fueran independientes y trabajadores.
2. (unconnected)
a. independiente
The police said that the attack was an independent incident, unrelated to the protests.La policía dijo que el ataque fue un suceso independiente, sin relación alguna con las protestas.
3. (objective)
a. imparcial
The judge considered that the brother of the accused could not be an independent witness.El juez consideró que el hermano del acusado no podía ser un testigo imparcial.
4. (on your own initiative)
a. propio
I made some independent investigations, and found out that the police was hiding evidence.Llevé a cabo mi propia investigación y descubrí que la policía estaba ocultando pruebas.
5. (private)
a. privado
If a newspaper starts receiving government funding, it ceases to be part of the independent media.Si un periódico empieza a recibir fondos públicos, deja de ser un medio de comunicación privado.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (politics)
a. el candidato independiente, la candidata independiente
The senator left the party, and wants to stand for election as an independent.El senador dejó el partido y quiere presentarse a las elecciones como candidato independiente.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (unaided)
a. independientemente
I'm perfectly capable of doing the job independently.Soy perfectamente capaz de hacer el trabajo independientemente.
b. por su cuenta
I prefer to work independently and be my own master.Prefiero trabajar por mi cuenta y no tener que rendirle cuentas a nadie.
c. de manera independiente
I think that it is a parent's role to teach their children to live independently.Yo creo que es el papel de los padres enseñar a sus hijos a vivir de manera independiente.
d. de forma independiente
Our association operates independently. We don't get support from the government.Nuestra asociación funciona de forma independiente. No recibimos apoyo del gobierno.
2. (separately)
a. por separado
Married couples may be taxed jointly or independently.Los matrimonios pueden pagar sus impuestos como pareja o por separado.
b. de manera independiente
In his experiments, Edison arrived at the same solution as Swan independently.Con sus experimentos, Edison llegó de manera independiente a la misma solución que Swan.
c. de forma independiente
The two species evolved independently on neighboring islands.Las dos especies evolucionaron de forma independiente en dos islas vecinas.
3. (by an impartial party)
a. independientemente
We have not been able to independently confirm the claims made in these reports.No hemos podido confirmar independientemente las afirmaciones hechas en estos informes.
b. por un tercero
The realtor gave me a price but I decided the get the house valued independently.El agente inmobiliario me dio un precio, pero decidí hacer valuar la casa por un tercero.
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