Quick answer
"Carbon" is a noun which is often translated as "el carbono", and "coal" is a noun which is often translated as "el carbón". Learn more about the difference between "carbon" and "coal" below.
carbon(
kar
-
bihn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (chemistry)
a. el carbono
(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 archeologist will take a carbon sample of the artifact to determine its age.El arqueólogo tomará una muestra de carbono del artefacto para determinar su edad.
2. (electricity)
a. el carbón
(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 current travels to the lightbulb along the carbon wiring.La corriente se transmite por la instalación del carbón hacia la bombilla.
3. (paper for copying)
a. el papel de calco
(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 piece on bottom is the carbon copy.La hoja inferior es la copia del papel de calco.
b. el papel de carbón
(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).
Sometimes it's hard to read on the carbon if you don't press down.A veces es difícil de leer el papel de carbón si no aprietas.
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coal(
kol
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (mineral)
a. el carbón
(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 didn't behave well this year, so Santa brought me a lump of coal.No me porté bien este año así que Papá Noel me trajo un trozo de carbón.
Research suggests that burning coal is bad for the environment.Las investigaciones sugieren que quemar carbón es malo para el medio ambiente.
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