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"Universidad" is a noun which is often translated as "university", and "colegio" is a noun which is often translated as "school". Learn more about the difference between "universidad" and "colegio" below.
universidad(
oo
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nee
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behr
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see
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dahd
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (educational institution)
a. university
¿En cuál universidad estudió tu hermana?What university did your sister go to?
b. college
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi hijo está estudiando psicología en la universidad.My son's studying Psychology at college.
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colegio(
koh
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leh
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hyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (educational institution)
a. school
Mis hijas estudian en un colegio cerca de la casa.My daughters study at a school near our house.
b. college
Mi hijo estará en el colegio hasta las vacaciones de Navidad.My son will be away at college until Christmas vacation.
2. (group)
a. college
El Colegio de Cardenales elige al Papa.The College of Cardinals elects the Pope.
b. association
El Colegio de Arquitectos tendrá su reunión anual en Nueva York.The Architects Association will have its annual meeting in New York.
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