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"Cooperate" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "cooperar", and "contribute" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contribuir con". Learn more about the difference between "cooperate" and "contribute" below.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to contribute)
a. cooperar
It's in everyone's best interests to find a solution to this problem, but they are refusing to cooperate.A todos nos beneficiará encontrar una solución a este problema, pero ellos se niegan a cooperar.
b. colaborar
The company has agreed to cooperate fully with police inquiries into the fraud.La empresa aceptó colaborar plenamente con la investigación policial del fraude.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give)
a. contribuir con
I contributed $20 to her goodbye present.Contribuí con 20 dólares a su regalo de despedida.
b. aportar
The state contributed €5 mllion to repair the damage caused by the earthquake.El estado aportó 5 millones de euros para reparar los daños causados por el terremoto.
2. (journalism)
a. escribir
I was asked to contribute a short story for the magazine.Me pidieron que escribiera un cuento para la revista.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to give money)
a. contribuir
I live with my parents, but I contribute towards household expenses.Vivo con mis padres, pero contribuyo a los gastos de la casa.
4. (to help)
a. contribuir
Their campaign has contributed to a better understanding of the plight of these animals.Su campaña ha contribuido a una mejor comprensión de la grave situación que viven estos animales.
5. (to participate)
a. intervenir
She rarely contributes at staff meetings.Raras veces interviene en las reuniones del personal.
6. (journalism; used with "to")
a. escribir para
He contributes to their weekend supplement on a regular basis.Escribe regularmente para su suplemento de fin de semana.
b. colaborar con
She has contributed to the Washington Post and other newspapers.Ha colaborado con el Washington Post y otros diarios.
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