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"Carved" is a form of "carve", a transitive verb which is often translated as "tallar". "Sawed" is a form of "saw", a noun which is often translated as "la sierra". Learn more about the difference between "carved" and "sawed" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to form something from a solid material)
a. tallar
Ben wiled away his leisure hours carving boats out of pieces of driftwood.Ben pasaba los ratos libres tallando barquitos en trozos de madera arrastrados por el mar.
The first time I carved a pumpkin was when I was an exchange student in the U.S.La primera vez que tallé una calabaza de Halloween fue cuando estuve de intercambio en los EE. UU.
b. esculpir
The indigenous people carved brooches from ivory tusks.Los indígenas esculpían broches en colmillos de marfil.
2. (to engrave)
a. grabar
The names of all those who died were carved on the memorial.Grabaron los nombres de todos los que murieron en el monumento conmemorativo.
3. (culinary)
a. trinchar
You need a sharp knife to carve meat.Hace falta un cuchillo afilado para trinchar la carne.
b. cortar
Can you carve the chicken while I dish up the vegetables?¿Puedes cortar el pollo mientras yo sirvo las verduras?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (culinary)
a. trinchar la carne
In our family, it was always dad who carved.En nuestra familia, mi padre siempre trinchaba la carne.
b. cortar la carne
I'll carve. You set the table.Yo corto la carne. Tú pon la mesa.
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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. (tool)
a. la sierra
(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 need a heavy-duty saw to take down that tree.Vamos a necesitar una sierra industrial para talar ese árbol.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to cut)
a. serruchar
The lumberjack sawed the thick tree trunk.El leñador serruchó el tronco grueso del árbol.
b. serrar
Regionalism used in Spain
I will saw the lumber to make it the right size.Serraré la madera para que sea del tamaño correcto.
c. cortar (with saw)
I sawed the plank in half.Corté la tabla por la mitad.
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