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"Resumen" is a noun which is often translated as "summary", and "sumario" is an adjective which is often translated as "brief". Learn more about the difference between "resumen" and "sumario" below.
resumen(
rreh
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soo
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mehn
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (synopsis)
a. summary
Tengo que escribir un resumen de este artículo.I need to write a summary of this article.
b. overview
Hace falta que escribas un resumen del artículo antes de poder publicarlo.You need to write an overview for the article before we can publish it.
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sumario(
soo
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mah
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ryoh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (short)
a. brief
El profesor le pidió al alumno que que le diera un resumen sumario sobre las distintas etapas de la fotosíntesis.The teacher asked the student for a brief summary of the different stages of photosynthesis.
b. concise
¿Puedes dar una respuesta sumaria a la pregunta y dejar ya de divagar?Can you give a concise answer to the question and stop rambling?
2. (legal)
a. summary
Mediante una investigación sumaria, averiguamos que el crimen estaba relacionado con el caso de corrupción.Through a summary investigation, we found out that the crime was connected with the corruption probe.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (brief abstract)
a. summary
La tarea consistía en hacer un sumario del último libro que había leído.My homework was to write a summary of the last book I read.
4. (publication)
a. contents
Busca en el sumario en qué página empieza el tercer capítulo.Look in the contents on which page begins the third chapter.
b. table of contents
Deberías añadir un sumario, es muy últil para organizar tu tesis.You should add a table of contents. It's a very useful way to organize your thesis
5. (legal)
a. indictment
No sabremos nada del caso hasta que el juez ordene levantar el secreto de sumario.We won't know anything about the case until the judge orders to lift the seal of the indictment.
b. legal proceedings
El fiscal quiere cerrar el sumario por falta de pruebas.The attorney wants to end the legal proceedings on the grounds of lack of evidence.
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