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Old 16th September 2007, 11:41 PM
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Re: 工商业 - Business/Commerce translation help

工商 (gong1 shang1) would translate to something like business/commerce/industry.

Putting the (业 ye4) on the end makes to talk about something as a whole industry:
e.g.
娱乐 = entertainment
娱乐业 = the entertainment industry

机械工+业 = machinery industry

工商业 is mostly used in association names, school subjects, talking about the business world. i.e. school of commerce and industry, or Shanghai federation of business and industry.

As the full 工商业 not a lot of searches on baidu: http://index.baidu.com/main/word.php...A4%C9%CC%D2%B5

but without the 业 - (工商), much more searched and in the news:
http://index.baidu.com/main/word.php?word=%B9%A4%C9%CC
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