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"Briefcase" is a noun which is often translated as "el maletín", and "portfolio" is a noun which is often translated as "la cartera". Learn more about the difference between "briefcase" and "portfolio" below.
briefcase(
brif
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keys
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (luggage)
a. el maletín
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The suspect was carrying a briefcase with thousands of dollars in cash.El sospechoso llevaba un maletín con miles de dólares en efectivo.
b. la cartera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The professor's briefcase was heavy with papers and books.La cartera del profesor estaba cargada de papeles y libros.
c. el portafolios
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He left his briefcase on his secretary's desk.Dejó el portafolios sobre el escritorio de su secretaria.
d. el portafolio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I stuffed all my papers into my briefcase and left for work.Metí todos mis papeles en el portafolio y partí para el trabajo.
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portfolio(
pawrt
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fo
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li
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o
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (case)
a. la cartera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She removed the recent works from her portfolio and hung them on the wall.Sacó sus últimos trabajos de la cartera y los colgó en la pared.
b. el portafolio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I dropped my portfolio and my drawings scattered all over the hallway.Se me cayó el portafolio y mis dibujos se desparramaron por todo el pasillo.
c. el portafolios
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I put the photographs in my portfolio so they wouldn't get creased.Puse las fotos en mi portafolios para que no se doblaran.
2. (samples of work)
a. la carpeta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All applicants must submit a portfolio with at least ten samples of work.Todos los candidatos deben entregar una carpeta con al menos diez muestras de su trabajo.
3. (finance)
a. la cartera de acciones
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
To ensure the safety of your wealth, you should diversify your portfolio.Para garantizar la seguridad de su riqueza, debe diversificar su cartera de acciones.
4. (politics)
a. la cartera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Although he does not have any specific responsibilities, the minister without portfolio can still vote.Aunque no tiene responsabilidades específicas, el ministro sin cartera todavía puede someter un voto.
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