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"Trato" is a noun which is often translated as "deal", and "atención" is a noun which is often translated as "attention". Learn more about the difference between "trato" and "atención" below.
trato(
trah
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toh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (agreement)
a. deal
Después de horas de negociaciones, las dos partes firmaron un trato.After hours of negotiations, the two sides signed a deal.
b. contract
El trato establece claramente cuánto costarán los servicios.The contract clearly states how much the services will cost.
2. (behavior towards)
a. treatment
Los invitados elogiaron el hotel y el trato que recibieron por parte de sus empleados.The guests praised the hotel and the treatment they were given by its employees.
b. manner
Los empleados tienen que dar un trato cordial a los clientes.Clerks must address customers in a friendly manner.
3. (relationship)
a. dealings (plural)
No tengo trato con ella desde que dijo mentiras sobre mí.I've had no dealings with her since she spread lies about me.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Eliza no tiene trato con Ben desde que rompieron.Eliza has had nothing to do with Ben since they broke up.
Rob tiene poco trato con sus compañeros de trabajo porque él está casado y ellos están solteros.Rob doesn't really interact with his coworkers because he's married and they're single.
4. (form of address)
a. term of address
Cuando hablas con un mayor, deberías usar el trato "usted".You should use the term of address "usted" when talking to an elder.
b. title
Cuando hables con la Reina, puedes usar el trato "su graciosa majestad".When addressing the Queen, you can use the title "Your Most Gracious Majesty."
tratos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (talks)
a. negotiations
Estoy en tratos con la empresa sobre mi salario.I'm in negotiations with the company about my salary.
6. (legal)
a. abuse
Dalma denunció a su esposo por malos tratos.Dalma accused her husband of physical abuse.
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atención(
ah
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tehn
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syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (interest)
a. attention
Si el asunto no es importante, no merece la atención del gerente.If it isn't an important issue, it doesn't warrant the manager's attention.
2. (courtesy)
a. kindness
Este señor me hizo la atención de pagarme la cerveza.This gentleman did me the kindness of paying for my beer.
b. attention
Tanta atención por parte de los camareros me resulta abrumadora.I find all the attention from the waiting staff overhwelming.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Es muy bonito que tengas una atención con tu abuela llevándole flores.It was very thoughtful of you to take your grandmother flowers.
Julia y su marido nos hicieron la atención de invitarnos para celebrar su aniversario en familia.Julia and her husband were kind enough to invite us along to celebrate their anniversary with them.
3. (help)
a. service
Nos gustó mucho la atención que recibimos en este hotel.We were very pleased with the service we received at this hotel.
b. attention
Creo que mi hijo se ha roto la nariz y necesita atención inmediata.I think my son has broken his nose and needs immediate attention.
c. treatment
Les escribo para agradecerles la atención excelente que recibí cuando me ingresaron en el hospital hace poco.I'm writing to thank you for the excellent treatment I received when I was hospitalized not long ago.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (used to give information)
a. your attention, please
¡Atención! El tren saldrá en cinco minutos.Your attention, please! The train will depart in five minutes.
b. attention, please
¡Atención! Si se encuentra un médico a bordo, le rogamos que se presente en el salón principal.Attention please! If there's a doctor on board, please make your way to the main lounge.
5. (used to warn)
a. look out
¡Atención! Lanzan piedras.Look out! They're throwing stones.
b. watch out
¡Atención! Tiene un cuchillo.Watch out! He's got a knife.
c. danger
¡Atención! Precipicio.Danger! Precipice.
d. warning
¡Atención! Pavimiento inestable.Warning! Unstable road surface.
e. beware
¡Atención! Perro peligroso.Beware! Dangerous dog.
6. (military)
a. attention
Escuadra, ¡atención!Squad, attention!
atenciones
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (acts of kindness)
a. attention
Mi hermano nos colmó de atenciones mientras estuvimos en su casa.My brother showered us with attention when we were staying at his home.
b. attentions
No hay manera de agradecerle a Antonio todas sus atenciones.I can't thank Antonio enough for all his attentions.
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