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actividad de doble mano

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:33 am
by andabaza
I have this Spanish phrase:

Es sabido que el comercio exterior es una actividad de doble mano y que las balanzas comerciales bilaterales tienden a mantenerse equilibradas dentro de lo posible.

How can I translate "actividad de doble mano" into English?

Re: actividad de doble mano

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:13 pm
by brandon_osborn
Double-sided activity?

Re: actividad de doble mano

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:34 pm
by andabaza
Gracias por la respuesta Brandon. Sabés qué significa?

Re: actividad de doble mano

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:38 pm
by brandon_osborn
I think it means that external or foreign trade (which I guess is what "comercio exterior" refers to) is a double-sided activity by nature. Así que hay dos partidos en cada transacción -- un vendedor y un comprador. Because there are two sides, they keep each other balanced and inside the realm of what is possible because they are both working in their own interest. Ambos quieren mejorar a sí mismo. Y eso es cómo funciona el mercado.

On the other hand it could be talking about the two sides of trade called supply and demand. But since it used the term "doble mano", I figured it was talking about two entities with their "hands in the deal", so to speak.

Hope that makes sense. I was inferring a lot from one small sentence, so I could be way off base.

Re: actividad de doble mano

PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:25 am
by andabaza
Gracias por la excelente explicación Brandon!