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"Buy" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "comprar", and "shopping" is a noun which is often translated as "ir de compras". Learn more about the difference between "buy" and "shopping" 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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shopping(
shap
-
ihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (purchasing of goods)
a. ir de compras
Shopping is one of her favorite activities.Ir de compras es una de sus actividades favoritas.
2. (grocery shopping)
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).
We usually do the weekly shopping at a supermarket outside of town.Solemos hacer la compra de la semana en un supermercado que queda fuera de la ciudad.
3. (purchased groceries) (United Kingdom)
a. las compras
(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).
I've left the shopping in the kitchen.He dejado las compras en la cocina.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (used for shopping)
a. de la compra
Do you have your shopping list with you?¿Llevas la lista de la compra?
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