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"Universidad" is a noun which is often translated as "university", and "terciario" is an adjective which is often translated as "Tertiary". Learn more about the difference between "universidad" and "terciario" below.
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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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terciario
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (geology)
a. Tertiary
En este terreno se pueden observar estratos terciarios.Tertiary strata may be observed in this land.
2. (third)
a. tertiary
El sector terciario acumula el 25% del PIB del país.The tertiary sector accounts for 25% of the country's GDP.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (geology)
a. Tertiary
La profesora Ramírez nos enseñó fósiles del Terciario en clase de biología.Professor Ramirez showed us some fossils from the Tertiary in biology class.
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