Difference between competencia and competici贸n

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I used to know this but I forgot. I'm trying to say that a match in fencing is a...Lucha entre dos esgrimidores en una (competition). I sort of remember one being used for informal use, but I don't remember.

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updated SEP 18, 2008
posted by ben6

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James Santiago said:

So, how do you distinguish the other meaning of competencia, which is competence in English? Just by context?

Yes, I suppose so, but I think that it is hard to mistake one for another in a sentence. When it means "competence", it is normally a praise: "Ha mostrado su competencia como ingeniero", but when it is rivalry, you see "hacer la competencia a alguien", "competencia desleal / internacional /...".

updated SEP 18, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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lazarus1907 said:

In Spain, for a sport competition (a game, match, etc.) we use "competición". "Competencia" is used when to refer to rivalry, like in business, etc. However, in some countries they also use it for sports (not in Spain).

So, how do you distinguish the other meaning of competencia, which is competence in English? Just by context'

updated SEP 18, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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In Spain, for a sport competition (a game, match, etc.) we use "competición".

"Competencia" is used when to refer to rivalry, like in business, etc. However, in some countries they also use it for sport matches (not in Spain).

updated SEP 18, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Since a native speaker has not replied, check these out:

<http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php't=1025546>
<http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php't=337045>

updated SEP 18, 2008
posted by 00bacfba