Éxito vs Suceso

Common Mistakes in Spanish

Many English speakers incorrectly translate the Spanish word suceso as 'success'.

Suceso looks like the word success in English but it is a false friend. This means that the words appear similar in both languages but they both have a different meaning.

Suceso is a noun that means event or happening.

If you want to say the word success in Spanish, you have to use the word Éxito.

Be careful - Éxito doesn't mean Exit.

Examples of Éxito

Examples of Suceso

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