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"Be sure" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "estar seguro", and "make sure" is a phrase which is often translated as "asegurarse". Learn more about the difference between "be sure" and "make sure" below.
be sure(
bi
 
shuhr
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be certain)
a. estar seguro
I'm absolutely sure that these toys are not dangerous, ma'am.Estoy totalmente seguro de que estos juguetes no son peligrosos, señora.
b. asegurarse
Just to be sure, we'll phone the restaurant to check the wallet isn't there.Para asegurarnos, llamaremos al restaurante para comprobar que la billetera no está allí.
2. (to be confident)
a. estar seguro
Despite appearances, Elmer wasn't very sure of himself as a boss.A pesar de las apariencias, Elmer no estaba muy seguro de sí mismo como jefe.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
3. (imperative)
a. asegúrate de
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Be sure to release the parking brake right after you start the engine.Asegúrate de quitar el freno de mano justo después de arrancar el motor.
b. asegúrense de (plural)
Children, be sure to clear your desks before you leave.Niños, asegúrense de dejar limpios sus pupitres antes de irse.
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make sure(
meyk
 
shoor
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (to make certain)
a. asegurarse
We need to make sure that the bus schedule hasn't changed.Tenemos que asegurarnos de que el horario de los autobuses no ha cambiado.
2. (imperative; used to address one person)
a. asegúrate
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
When you leave the house, make sure all the doors are locked.Al salir de casa, asegúrate de que todas las puertas están cerradas con llave.
b. asegúrese
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Before starting the blender, make sure the lid is tightly closed.Antes de poner en marcha la licuadora, asegúrese de que la tapa está bien cerrada.
3. (imperative; used to address multiple people)
a. asegúrense (plural)
Please make sure all the lights are off before leaving the premises.Por favor, asegúrense de que todas las luces están apagadas antes de salir del local.
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