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"Useful" is an adjective which is often translated as "útil", and "helpful" is an adjective which is often translated as "servicial". Learn more about the difference between "useful" and "helpful" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (valuable)
a. útil
Carlos prepared a useful infographic for the board meeting.Carlos preparó un infográfico útil para la reunión de la junta.
b. provechoso
Her prior experience was very useful in her new job.Su experiencia previa le fue muy provechosa en su nuevo trabajo.
2. (capable)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
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Kevin is useful in the kitchen.Kevin sirve bastante en la cocina.
Neighbors like that can be very useful.Vecinos así pueden venir muy bien.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (willing to assist)
a. servicial
The staff members were friendly and helpful.El personal era amable y servicial.
b. atento
There was a very helpful assistant who showed me all the different designs.Había una vendedora muy atenta que me enseñó todos los modelos diferentes.
2. (useful)
a. útil
The advice you gave me was very helpful.El consejo que me diste fue muy útil.
b. eficaz
Aloe is very helpful if you have a sunburn.El aloe es muy eficaz si tienes quemaduras del sol.
c. práctico
I want to thank you for the helpful suggestions you gave me.Quiero agradecerte las sugerencias prácticas que me diste.
d. positivo
If you don't have any helpful suggestions, please keep your mouth shut.Si no tienes ninguna sugerencia positiva, por favor mantén la boca cerrada.
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