Quick answer
"Cause" is a noun which is often translated as "la causa", and "support" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "apoyar". Learn more about the difference between "cause" and "support" 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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support(
suh
-
pawrt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to encourage)
a. apoyar
Come what may, I will always support you.Pase lo que pase, siempre te apoyaré.
b. animar
We went to support him at the competition.Fuimos a animarlo en la competencia.
2. (to hold up)
a. sostener
The canopy is supported by four posts.El dosel se sostiene sobre cuatro postes.
3. (to aid financially)
a. mantener
He has to support two families now.Ahora tiene que mantener a dos familias.
4. (to be in agreement with)
a. apoyar
I cannot support such a stupid decision.No puedo apoyar una decisión tan estúpida.
5. (computing)
a. ser compatible con
My phone doesn't support the new operating system.Mi teléfono no es compatible con el nuevo sistema operativo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (emotional backing)
a. el apoyo
(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).
The support of her friends helped her through the divorce.El apoyo de sus amigos la ayudó con el divorcio.
b. el respaldo
(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).
His family's support during this rough time is priceless.El respaldo de su familia durante este tiempo difícil no tiene precio.
7. (object that supports)
a. el soporte
(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).
If that support is broken, the roof will collapse.Si se rompe ese soporte, se caerá el techo.
8. (financial backing)
a. el apoyo
(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).
Without his financial support I could have never achieved it.Sin su apoyo financiero nunca lo hubiera conseguido.
b. la ayuda
(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).
Government support is essential to improving our education system.La ayuda gubernamental es esencial para mejorar nuestro sistema educativo.
9. (commerce)
a. el servicio
(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).
That company has great after-sales support.Esa empresa tiene un servicio posventa fantástico.
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