Quick answer
"Can" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "poder", and "see" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "ver". Learn more about the difference between "can" and "see" below.
can(
kahn
)
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
1. (used to indicate ability)
a. poder
I can run five miles in an hour.Puedo correr cinco millas en una hora.
b. saber
I can cook Italian food too.También sé cocinar comida italiana.
2. (used to ask permission)
a. poder
Can I go out with Jennifer on Friday night?¿Puedo salir con Jennifer el viernes por la noche?
3. (used to indicate possibility)
a. poder
If you like, you can have the salad with the dressing on the side.Si desea, puede pedir la ensalada con el aderezo al lado.
4. (with verbs of perception)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I can't tell if it's going to rain or snow.No sé si va a llover o nevar.
I couldn't see because of the brightness of that light.No veía por culpa del resplandor de esa luz.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (container)
a. la lata
(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).
There are about 140 calories in one can of soda.Una lata de refresco tiene unas 140 calorías.
b. el bote
(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).
Do you think one can of paint will be enough for the whole room?¿Crees que con un bote de pintura nos llega para toda la habitación?
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(toilet)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el baño
(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).
I rushed to the can but it was occupied.Corrí al baño pero estaba ocupado.
7. (fuel container)
a. el bidón
(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).
Packing an empty gas can in your trunk is wise.Llevar un bidón de gasolina vacío en el maletero es inteligente.
8.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(prison)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la chirona
(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).
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
They threw him in the can for armed robbery.Lo tiraron a la chirona por robo armado.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(buttocks)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el culo
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Rob deserves a good kick in the can for that.Rob se merece una buena patada en el culo por eso.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to preserve by sealing)
a. enlatar
She usually cans vegetables for the homeless every December.Suele enlatar verduras para la gente sin hogar cada diciembre.
11.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(to fire)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. poner de patitas en la calle
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
My boss canned me for reading comics at work.El jefe me puso de patitas en la calle por leer cómics en el trabajo.
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see(
si
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to perceive)
a. ver
We've seen a number of houses, but now we have to choose one.Hemos visto varias casas, pero ahora nos toca escoger una.
2. (to comprehend)
a. ver
I see your point; eating ice cream before working out is not a good idea.Veo lo que quieres decir; comer helado antes de hacer ejercicio no es buena idea.
b. entender
Do you see what I mean?¿Entiendes lo que te digo?
3. (to find out)
a. ver
Go see who is at the door.Ve a ver quién está en la puerta.
b. averiguar
I'm going to go see what all the commotion is.Voy a averiguar la causa del alboroto.
4. (to make sure)
a. asegurarse de
I'll see to it that you get a present.Me aseguraré de que recibas un regalo.
5. (to visualize)
a. imaginar
I can already see myself on the beach. I can't wait for my vacation!Ya me imagino en la playa. ¡Qué ganas tengo de estar de vacaciones!
6. (to visit)
a. ver
I saw my parents just last weekend.Acabo de ver a mis padres el fin de semana pasado.
7. (to receive)
a. ver
If you want the lawyer to see you, you'll have to make an appointment.Si quieren que les vea el abogado, tendrán que pedir cita.
b. atender
Go into the waiting room, please. The doctor will see you right away.Pase a la sala de espera, por favor. El médico le atenderá enseguida.
8. (to date)
a. salir con
Did you know that Ana is seeing a coworker?¿Sabías que Ana sale con un compañero del trabajo?
9. (to accompany)
a. acompañar
I'll see you to the door.Te acompaño a la puerta.
10. (to regard)
a. ver
I see Jake as a friend more than a future partner.Yo veo a Jake como amigo más bien que una futura pareja.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to perceive)
a. ver
Cats can see in the dark.Los gatos pueden ver en la oscuridad.
12. (to understand)
a. ver
Right now I don't expect you to understand, but one day you'll see.Ahora mismo no espero que lo entiendas, pero un día lo verás.
13. (to find out)
a. averiguar
I'm going to go see if the food is ready.Voy a averiguar si está lista la comida.
14. (to consider)
a. ver
We'll just have to see how this all turns out.Tendremos que esperar a ver cómo terminará esta situación.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
15. (religion)
a. la sede
(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 Holy See is the central governing body of the Roman Catholic church.La Santa Sede es el gobierno central de la Iglesia católica romana.
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