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"Undergraduate" is a noun which is often translated as "el estudiante universitario", and "elementary" is an adjective which is often translated as "elemental". Learn more about the difference between "undergraduate" and "elementary" below.
undergraduate(
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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. (education)
a. el estudiante universitario
(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 estudiante universitaria
(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).
When I was an undergraduate, I was actively involved in many student organizations.Cuando era estudiante universitario, estaba muy envuelto en muchas organizaciones estudiantiles.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (education)
a. universitario
Undergraduate scholarships are all awarded on a merit basis.Las becas universitarias se otorgan en su totalidad en función de los méritos.
3. (of or appealing to undergraduates)
a. estudiantil
He writes for an undergraduate magazine.Escribe para una revista estudiantil.
b. infantil
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
The movie was characterized by obvious undergraduate humor.La película se caracterizaba por un humor obvio y algo infantil.
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elementary(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (basic)
a. elemental
Particle physics studies the elementary components of matter.La física de partículas estudia los elementos fundamentales de la materia.
b. básico
That referee doesn’t seem to understand the most elementary principles of fair play.Ese árbitro parece no entender los principios mas básicos del juego limpio.
c. fundamental
The engineer made an elementary error in his design calculations, which resulted in the bridge collapsing.El ingeniero cometió un error fundamental en sus cálculos de diseño, lo cual resultó en la caída del puente.
2. (introductory)
a. elemental
My friend teaches elementary level math at a nearby school.Mi amiga enseña matemáticas de nivel elemental en un colegio cercano.
b. básico
You will need to take an elementary course in accounting to get that job.Necesitará tomar un curso básico de contabilidad para conseguir ese trabajo.
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