Quick answer
"Cause" is a noun which is often translated as "la causa", and "select" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "seleccionar". Learn more about the difference between "cause" and "select" below.
cause(
kaz
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (origin)
a. la causa
(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 treatment will depend on the cause of the infection.El tratamiento dependerá de la causa de la infección.
2. (reason)
a. el motivo
(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).
Having a birthday is a cause for joy, not sadness!Cumplir años es motivo de alegría, ¡no de tristeza!
b. la razón
(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's no cause for concern; he's making a good recovery.No hay razón para preocuparse; se está recuperando bien.
3. (ideal)
a. la causa
(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).
My friend went to Africa as a volunteer for a good cause.Mi amiga se fue a África como voluntaria por una buena causa.
4. (legal)
a. la causa
(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).
You will need to prove that you have been dismissed without due cause.Tendrá que demostrar que la han despedido sin una causa justificada.
b. el caso
(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).
Who will plead your cause? - I'm a lawyer, so I'll do it myself.¿Quién defenderá tu caso? - Soy abogada, así que lo haré yo misma.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to occasion)
a. causar
The investigation concluded that the fire was caused by an electrical failure.La investigación concluyó que el incendio fue causado por un fallo eléctrico.
b. provocar
If you keep texting while you're driving, you're going to cause an accident.Si sigues mandando mensajes de texto mientras vas manejando, vas a provocar un accidente.
c. ocasionar
A change in pressure can cause discomfort in the ears.Un cambio de presión puede ocasionar molestias a los oídos.
d. hacer que
The storm caused the game to be canceled.La tormenta hizo que se cancelara el partido.
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select(
suh
-
lehkt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to choose)
a. seleccionar
She was selected for the post from among dozens of candidates.Fue seleccionada para el puesto de entre docenas de candidatos.
b. elegir
Our sommelier will select your wine for you.Nuestro sumiller elegirá su vino.
c. escoger
You may select any of the remaining three prizes.Puede escoger cualquiera de los tres premios restantes.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (carefully chosen)
a. selecto
We use our most select grapes for this vintage.Utilizamos nuestras uvas más selectas para este reserva.
b. de primera calidad
The store offers a wide range of the most select cheeses.La tienda ofrece una amplia selección de quesos de primerísima calidad.
3. (only available to an elite)
a. selecto
It is a very select club. Businessmen and politicians are among its members.Se trata de un club muy selecto. Entre sus miembros se cuentan hombres de negocios y políticos.
b. de élite
She attended a select boarding school, where she received the finest education.Asistió a un internado de élite, donde recibió la mejor educación.
c. exclusivo
They live in one of Paris's most select neighborhoods.Viven en uno de los barrios más exclusivos de París.
4. (part of an elite)
a. elegido
They were among the select few allowed into that secret society.Ellos estaban entre los pocos elegidos que formaban parte de esa sociedad secreta.
b. privilegiado
Only a select few can afford that watch.Solo una minoría privilegiada se puede permitir ese reloj.
c. selecto
We played for a select audience of VIPs and dignitaries.Tocamos ante un selecto público de personas VIP y dignatarios.
d. distinguido
That restaurant had always a very select clientele.Ese restaurante tuvo siempre una clientela muy distinguida.
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