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"Begin" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "empezar", and "star" is a noun which is often translated as "la estrella". Learn more about the difference between "begin" and "star" below.
begin(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to start)
a. empezar
We began the exam at noon.Empezamos el examen a mediodía.
b. comenzar
I like to begin the day with a cup of hot coffee.Me gusta comenzar el día con una taza de café caliente.
c. iniciar
Next week, we begin a new phase for our company.La semana que viene iniciaremos una nueva etapa en nuestra empresa.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to start)
a. empezar
Let me begin by thanking you for being here this afternoon.Déjenme empezar por agradecerles que estén aquí esta tarde.
b. comenzar
We were waiting at the bus stop when the storm started.Estábamos esperando en la parada de autobús cuando comenzó la tormenta.
c. iniciarse
The new healthcare program begins January 1st.Se iniciará el nuevo programa sanitario el primero de enero.
3. (to originate)
a. originarse
The tradition of the American boarding school began in England.La tradición del internado estadounidense se originó en Inglaterra.
b. nacer (river)
The Amazon River begins in Peru.El río Amazonas nace en Perú.
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star(
star
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (astronomy)
a. la estrella
(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).
At night we had a clear view of the stars.Por la noche veíamos las estrellas con toda claridad.
b. el astro
(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 Sun is the king star.El Sol es el astro rey.
2. (celebrity)
a. la estrella
(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).
All the stars walked the red carpet.Todas las estrellas desfilaron por la alfombra roja.
b. el astro
(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).
He became a sports star overnight.De la noche a la mañana se convirtió en un astro del deporte.
3. (symbol)
a. el asterisco
(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).
Press star and dial the number.Pulsa asterisco y marca el número.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (most important)
a. estrella
He is the team's star player.Es el jugador estrella del equipo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (film and theater)
a. protagonizar
The movie stars several Oscar-nominated actors.La película es protagonizada por varios actores nominados al Oscar.
6. (to mark)
a. marcar con un asterisco
The emails you haven't yet read are starred.Los emails que no has leído aparecen marcados con un asterisco.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (film and theater)
a. protagonizar
He starred in two movies in the nineties and then disappeared.Protagonizó dos películas en los noventa y luego desapareció.
stars
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(astrology)
a. el horóscopo
(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).
Let's see what my stars say this week.Veamos qué dice mi horóscopo esta semana.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It was written in the stars that he would end like this.Estaba escrito que acabaría así.
Laura believed her destiny was written in the stars.Laura creía que su futuro estaba escrito en las estrellas.
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