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Old February 14, 2021, 10:33 PM
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Dar el alta/ el baja

I always thought the correct term was el alta, but I hear al baja. Are both commonly used?
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Old February 15, 2021, 07:18 AM
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I think that both are commonly used in various contexts. In the medical system in Spain, dar la baja is when a doctor signs someone off work and dar el alta is when they say that you're fit to work, also used to say that you're sufficiently recovered to not need a follow-up appointment when you weren't actually off work. In other contexts dar el alta can be to sign up for a service, and dar la baja is to cancel it. And there seems to be some military usage which I haven't looked into.
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