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"Collaborative" is an adjective which is often translated as "colaborativo", and "cooperative" is an adjective which is often translated as "cooperativo". Learn more about the difference between "collaborative" and "cooperative" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (related to collaboration)
a. colaborativo
The school's online newspaper is a collaborative project.El periódico en línea del cole es un proyecto colaborativo.
b. en colaboración
The students worked on a collaborative video for their ecology class.Los estudiantes trabajaron en un video en colaboración para su clase de ecología.
c. colaborador
Since Thomas doesn't have any brothers or sisters, he's having trouble learning to be collaborative.Como Thomas no tiene hermanos, le está costando trabajo aprender a ser colaborador.
d. de colaboración
I prefer a collaborative work culture rather than a competitive one.Prefiero una cultura de trabajo de colaboración en lugar de competitiva.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (collaborative)
a. cooperativo
Annie is a good student and has a cooperative attitude.Annie es una buena estudiante y tiene una actitud cooperativa.
b. colaborador
The work environment at the company is characterized by a very cooperative and friendly spirit that encourages exchange.El ambiente de trabajo en la empresa se caracteriza por un espíritu muy colaborador y amistoso que estimula el intercambio.
c. dispuesto a cooperar
The employees here are always cooperative and try to solve your problems.Los empleados de este lugar siempre están dispuestos a cooperar y tratan de resolver tus problemas.
d. servicial
This is my favorite restaurant. Everyone is very cooperative.Este es mi restaurante favorito. Todos son muy serviciales.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If the weather isn't cooperative, stay at home and watch your favorite movie.Si el tiempo no ayuda, quédate en casa y mira tu película favorita.
The suspect was cooperative with the authorities.El sospechoso colaboró con las autoridades.
2. (done together)
a. conjunto
Our program is a cooperative effort among education, business and industry organizations.Nuestro programa es un esfuerzo conjunto entre organizaciones educativas, empresariales e industriales.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (business owned and operated by its members)
a. la cooperativa
(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).
I get a weekly delivery of produce from my local farmer's cooperative.Me llega una entrega semanal de frutas y verduras de la cooperativa local de agricultores.
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