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"Breathing" is a noun which is often translated as "la respiración", and "breathe" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "respirar". Learn more about the difference between "breathing" and "breathe" below.
breathing(
bri
-
thihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (inhalation and exhalation)
a. la respiración
(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).
His breathing relaxed as the medication took effect.Su respiración se relajó en cuanto tomó efecto el medicamento.
b. el resuello
(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).
(heavy)
Claudia is sick and her breathing was so noisy last night that I couldn't sleep.Claudia está enferma y su resuello era tan fuerte anoche que no pude dormir.
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breathe(
brith
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to inhale and exhale)
a. respirar
Breathe deeply in order to calm yourself down.Respira hondo para que te tranquilizes.
2. (to let air in)
a. transpirar
Cotton is very comfortable in part because it breathes.El algodón es muy cómodo en parte porque transpira.
b. dejar pasar el aire
I don't like polyester because it doesn't breathe.No me gusta el poliéster porque no deja pasar el aire.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to inhale)
a. aspirar
She got lung cancer from all those years she spent breathing second-hand smoke.Se enfermó de cáncer de pulmón a causa de todos esos años que pasó aspirando el humo de segunda mano.
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