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"Empleo" is a noun which is often translated as "employment", and "trabajo" is a noun which is often translated as "work". Learn more about the difference between "empleo" and "trabajo" below.
empleo(
ehm
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pleh
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oh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (occupation)
a. employment
El pleno empleo es uno de los principales objetivos del gobierno.Full employment is one of the main objectives of the government.
b. work
La falta de empleo es un problema que va en aumento en nuestra sociedad.The lack of work is a growing problem in our society.
2. (position)
a. job
Para conseguir el empleo, primero tienes que pasar la entrevista.To get the job, you have first to pass an interview.
b. post
El empleo de contable ya no está vacante.The post in accounting has already been filled.
3. (utilization)
a. use
El empleo de armas por la policía está altamente regulado.The use of weapons by the police is highly regulated.
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trabajo(
trah
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bah
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hoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (energy and toil)
a. work
Planificar el viaje es más trabajo de lo que pensaba.Planning the trip is more work than I thought.
b. effort
Me costó mucho trabajo bajar los baúles del desván.It took a lot of effort to get the trunks down from the attic.
2. (employment)
a. work
Mi hermano está buscando trabajo en Mexicali.My brother is looking for work in Mexicali.
3. (position)
a. job
El trabajo requiere una licencia avanzada en arquitectura.The job requires an advanced degree in architecture.
4. (place of employment)
a. work
Tengo que ir al trabajo este fin de semana.I have to go into work this weekend.
5. (task)
a. assignment
¿Cuándo se tiene que entregar el trabajo que nos dejó la maestra?When do we have to turn in the assignment the teacher gave us?
b. essay
Esta tarde tengo que escribir un trabajo sobre las drogas.I have to write an essay on drugs this evening.
6. (things to do)
a. work
Tengo muchísimo trabajo que hacer este fin de semana.I have a ton of work to do this weekend.
7. (productivity)
a. labor
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Lo importante es reducir los costos del trabajo.The important thing is to cut labor costs.
b. labour (United Kingdom)
En la Unión Europea tenemos el libre movimiento tanto de bienes y servicios como de capital y de trabajo.In the European Union we have free movement both of goods and services and of capital and labour.
8. (physics)
a. work
La energía es la capacidad para realizar un trabajo.Energy is the capacity to do work.
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