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"Empresa" is a noun which is often translated as "company", and "negocio" is a noun which is often translated as "business". Learn more about the difference between "empresa" and "negocio" below.
empresa(
ehm
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preh
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sah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (business)
a. company
Establecieron una empresa con fondos públicos.They set up a company with public funding.
b. business
Siempre he querido tener mi propia empresa.I've always wanted to have my own business.
c. firm
Elena trabaja en una empresa consultora en la ciudad.Elena works at a consulting firm in the city.
d. enterprise
La empresa privada se enfrenta a grandes retos hoy en día.Nowadays private enterprise is facing big challenges.
e. venture
Se juntaron los hermanos para formar una empresa de inversiones.The brothers got together to form an investment venture.
2. (controlling body)
a. management
La empresa no se hace responsable por daños o robos.Management is not liable for damage or theft.
3. (endeavour)
a. undertaking
Los senderistas embarcaron en una empresa ardua.The hikers embarked on an arduous undertaking.
b. venture
Los marinos decidieron abandonar la empresa de atrapar a una sirena.The sailors decided to abandon their mermaid-catching venture.
c. enterprise
Complacer a los maestros tanto como a los adminstrativos es una empresa difícil.Pleasing the teachers as well as the adminstrators is a difficult enterprise.
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negocio(
neh
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goh
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syoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (company)
a. business
Sophie maneja el negocio desde su casa.Sophie runs her business from home.
2. (establishment)
a. store
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
En ese negocio venden artículos de oficina.That store sells office supplies.
b. shop
Su negocio tiene muchos clientes.Their shop has many clients.
3. (agreement)
a. deal
Hiciste un muy buen negocio con la venta de la casa.You pulled off a very good deal with the sale of the house.
b. transaction
Para formalizar el negocio, nuestros abogados redactarán un contrato.To formalize the transaction, our lawyers will draw up a contract.
4. (commerce)
a. business
James se dedica al negocio de los seguros.James is in the insurance business.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(affair)
a. business
Yo no sé; eso es negocio tuyo.I don't know; that's your business.
negocios
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (commerce)
a. business
Los directivos se reunieron para hablar de negocios.The managers got together to talk business.
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