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"Beat" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "batir", and "hit" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "golpear". Learn more about the difference between "beat" and "hit" below.
beat(
bit
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to move quickly)
a. batir
Now, beat the ingredients until they form a batter.Ahora, bate los ingredientes hasta que formen una pasta.
The baby bird beat its wings until it finally lifted off the ground.El pajarito batió las alas hasta que por fin se levantó del suelo.
2. (to hit repeatedly)
a. golpear
She beat the pillow with her hand until it softened up.Ella golpeó la almohada con la mano hasta que se ablandó.
b. pegar
In many states, it is prohibited for parents to beat their children.En muchos estados, es prohibido que los padres peguen a sus hijos.
3. (to defeat)
a. vencer
The Mexicans beat the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.Los mexicanos vencieron a los franceses en la Batalla de Puebla el 5 de mayo del 1862.
b. ganar
I can't believe that team beat us.No puedo creer que ese equipo nos haya ganado.
c. derrotar
Germany beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup finals.Alemania derrotó Argentina en el final de la copa mundial de 2014.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to pulsate)
a. latir
The average heart beats 70 times a minute.El corazón medio late 70 veces por minuto.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (rhythm)
a. el ritmo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The dancers moved their hips to the beat of the music.Los bailarines movían las caderas al ritmo de la música.
6. (measurable musical unit)
a. el pulso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If a piece is in three-four time, that means there are three beats per measure.Si una pieza está en tres por cuatro, eso quiere decir que hay tres pulsos por compás.
7. (allocated area)
a. la ronda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
One of the party's electoral promises is to have more police officers on the beat.Una de las promesas electorales del partido es de tener a más policías haciendo sus rondas.
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hit(
hiht
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to strike)
a. golpear
He hit the table angrily.Golpeó la mesa furiosamente.
b. pegar
The woman hit the robber with her purse.La mujer le pegó al ladrón con su cartera.
2. (sports)
a. golpear (ball games or boxing)
You need to hit the ball in such a way that it's difficult for the fielders to catch it.Hay que golpear la pelota de tal manera que a los fildeadores les sea difícil atraparla.
b. pegar (ball games or boxing)
It seems the well-known boxer hit his opponent when he was still on the floor.Parece que el boxeador famoso le pegó a su contrincante cuando todavía se encontraba en el suelo.
c. batear (baseball)
Mark hit more home runs than his brother that season.Aquella temporada Mark bateó mas jonrones que su hermano.
3. (to collide with)
a. chocar contra
The truck hit the wall with such an impact that it exploded.El camión chocó contra la pared con tanta fuerza que explotó.
4. (to knock)
a. golpear
The raindrops hit the tin roof noisily.Las gotas de lluvia golpeaban el techo de lata con gran estruendo.
5. (to reach)
a. dar en
The marksman's bullet hit the center of the target perfectly.La bala del tirador dio en el centro mismo del blanco.
b. alcanzar
The bullet hit him in the arm.La bala le alcanzó en el brazo.
c. llegar a
The storm is likely to hit the city during the night.Es probable que la tormenta llegue a la ciudad de noche.
6. (to attain)
a. alcanzar
The weatherman says that temperatures will hit a record high today.El meteorólogo dice que las temperaturas hoy alcanzarán niveles récord.
7. (to affect negatively)
a. afectar
His wife leaving him must have hit him hard.El que su mujer lo abandonara ha debido afectarlo mucho.
8. (to encounter)
a. tropezar con
The plane hit a few patches of turbulence.El avión tropezó con algunas zonas de turbulencia.
9. (to dawn on)
a. entender
It hit me that I am responsible for my own happiness.Por fin entendí que soy responsable por mi propia felicidad.
b. darse cuenta de
It suddenly hit her that she was under no obligation to do this if she didn't want to.De pronto se dio cuenta de que no tenía obligación alguna de hacer eso si no quería.
10. (to press)
a. dar a
If you're ready to record, I'll hit the button.Si estás lista para grabar, le doy al botón.
b. pulsar
It will automatically save when you hit return.Se guardará automáticamente cuando pulses la tecla de retorno.
c. presionar
I was so tired, I hit the snooze button three times this morning.Estaba tan cansado que presioné el botón de repetición tres veces esta mañana.
d. hacer clic en (computing)
Don't forget to hit the save button before you exit the program.No te olvides de hacer clic en el botón Guardar antes de salir del programa.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to strike)
a. golpear
Don't hit so hard.No golpees tan fuerte.
12. (to collide)
a. chocar
She died instantly when the truck hit.Al chocar el camión murió en el acto.
13. (to arrive)
a. llegar
The tsunami hit at three in the morning.Et tsunami llegó a las tres de la madrugada.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
14. (blow)
a. el golpe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It would take a strong hit to launch the ball over the fence.Haría falta un golpe fuerte para lanzar la pelota por encima de la cerca.
b. el impacto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
One of the targets received a direct hit and the other was sprayed by shrapnel.Uno de los objetivos recibió un impacto directo y el otro recibió una lluvia de metralla.
15. (accurate shot)
a. la blanco
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He made three hits out of five shots.De cinco lanzamientos, hizo tres blancos.
16. (computing)
a. la visita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(to a web page)
We are hoping for many more hits on our site following the new advertising campaign.Esperamos muchas más visitas a nuestro sitio a raíz de la nueva campaña publicitaria.
b. el resultado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of an internet search)
There are 20,000 hits for that term.Al buscar ese término se obtienen 20,000 resultados.
17. (success)
a. el éxito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Her most recent song was a big hit.Su última canción fue un gran éxito.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
18. (successful)
a. de gran éxito (invariable)
My dream would be to write a hit musical.Mi mayor ilusión sería crear un musical de gran éxito.
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