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"Desarrollo" is a noun which is often translated as "development", and "productividad" is a noun which is often translated as "productivity". Learn more about the difference between "desarrollo" and "productividad" below.
desarrollo(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (evolution, betterment)
a. development
El desarrollo industrial es vital para la economía de un país.Industrial development is vital for the economy of a country.
2. (progress)
a. development
La buena nutrición es clave para el desarrollo de un niño.Good nutrition is key for a child's development.
b. growth
Para fomentar el desarrollo de una planta se necesitan luz y agua.To encourage the growth of a plant, you need light and water.
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productividad
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (output)
a. productivity
El jefe de la empresa despidió a los empleados que tenían baja productividad.The boss of the company fired the employees who had low productivity.
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