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"Buy" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "comprar", and "purchase" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "comprar". Learn more about the difference between "buy" and "purchase" below.
buy(
bay
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to purchase)
a. comprar
I have to buy a birthday present for my brother.Tengo que comprar un regalo de cumpleaños para mi hermano.
2. (to bribe)
a. sobornar
He tried to buy the mayor but ended up in jail.Intentó sobornar al alcalde pero terminó en la cárcel.
b. comprar
The mafia bought a juror.La mafia compró a un miembro del jurado.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to believe)
a. tragarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I don't think she'll buy that you're a prince.No creo que se trague que seas un príncipe.
b. creer
I don't buy your explanation. It doesn't make sense.No creo tu explicación. No tiene sentido.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make purchases)
a. comprar
My manager sent me to Los Angeles to buy for the company.El gerente me mandó a Los Ángeles a comprar por la empresa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (bargain)
a. la compra
(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).
The truck was a great buy, because it hardly needs any maintenance at all.El camión fue una gran compra ya que casi no necesita ningún mantenimiento en absoluto.
b. la ganga
(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).
This computer was a great buy. It was 60% off!Fue una ganga esta computadora. ¡Estuvo rebajada el 60%!
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purchase(
puhr
-
chihs
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to buy)
a. comprar
Are you ready to purchase your first car?¿Estás listo para comprar tu primer coche?
b. adquirir
Our investment fund will purchase a 30% stake in the company.Nuestro fondo de inversión adquirirá una participación del 30% en la compañía.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (object bought)
a. la compra
(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).
This car was a poor purchase. It breaks down all the time.Este coche fue una mala compra. Se avería todo el tiempo.
b. la adquisición
(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).
With the discount I got, this house was a great purchase.Con el descuento que conseguí, esta casa fue una excelente adquisición.
3. (act of purchasing)
a. la adquisición
(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).
We are going to adjust the public sector purchase program this year.Vamos a ajustar el programa de adquisición del sector público este año.
b. la compra
(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).
Buying a good pair of running shoes was a very wise purchase.La compra de un buen par de zapatos para correr fue una compra muy sabia.
4. (grip)
a. el agarre
(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).
Make sure you have a good purchase on the rope, then pull the bucket up out of the well.Asegúrate de tener un buen agarre de la cuerda y luego tira de la cubeta hasta que salga del pozo.
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