Quick answer
"Caused" is a form of "cause", a noun which is often translated as "la causa". "Sparked" is a form of "spark", a noun which is often translated as "la chispa". Learn more about the difference between "caused" and "sparked" below.
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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. (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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spark
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (ignited particle)
a. la chispa
(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).
Sparks flew out of the fire onto the blanket, but we managed to smother them.Saltaron chispas de fuego a la manta, pero logramos apagarlas.
2. (liveliness)
a. la chispa
(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).
Your friend's a really fun person to be around. She's got a lot of spark.Es muy divertido estar con tu amiga. Tiene mucha chispa.
3. (trace)
a. la pizca
(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 guy doesn't have a spark of intelligence, but he works hard.El tipo no tiene una pizca de inteligencia, pero es trabajador.
b. la chispa
(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 at least a spark of decency left in Laura.Al menos todavía le queda una chispa de decencia a Laura.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(cause)
a. la chispa
(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 assassination of the Archduke was the spark that caused the outbreak of World War I.El asesinato del archiduque fue la chispa que provocó el estallido de la Primera Guerra Mundial.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to throw sparks)
a. echar chispas
When I started the engine, it made a bang and started to spark.Cuando arranqué el motor, hizo bum y empezó a echar chispas.
b. chispear
The machinery sparked, shuddered, and then exploded.La maquinaria chispeó, se estremeció y después estalló.
c. chisporrotear
The fire crackled and sparked, and we bundled up to get warm.El fuego crujía y chisporroteaba, y nosotros nos abrigamos para entrar en calor.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to cause)
a. provocar
The administration's new policy sparked a lot of criticism from the middle class.La nueva política de esta administración provocó muchas críticas de la clase media.
b. desatar
The mass shooting sparked a lot of debates about gun control.El atentado desató mucho debate sobre el control de armas.
c. desencadenar
The scandal sparked a series of events that would ruin his career.El escándalo desencadenó una serie de sucesos que acabaría con su carrera.
d. despertar (interest)
Something about the cover of the book sparked my interest.Algo en la portada del libro despertó mi interés.
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