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"Celebrating" is a form of "celebrate", a transitive verb which is often translated as "celebrar". "Having" is a form of "have", a transitive verb which is often translated as "tener". Learn more about the difference between "celebrating" and "having" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to commemorate)
a. celebrar
My husband and I celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary this year.Este año mi esposo y yo celebramos nuestro décimo aniversario de casados.
b. festejar
The couple celebrated the birth of their baby with a big party.La pareja festejó el nacimiento de su bebé con una gran fiesta.
c. conmemorar
Today we celebrate the centenary of the poet's death.Hoy conmemoramos el centenario de la muerte del poeta.
2. (to praise)
a. celebrar
Today we celebrate the achievements of all our students.Hoy celebramos los logros de todos nuestros estudiantes.
3. (religious)
a. celebrar
Today we are celebrating a mass in memory of my beloved father, who passed away five years ago.Hoy celebramos una misa en memoria de mi querido padre, que falleció hace cinco años.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to have a celebration)
a. celebrar
We're going to celebrate because we won the championship.Vamos a celebrar porque ganamos el campeonato.
b. festejar
You got a raise? We should celebrate!¿Te dieron un aumento? ¡Hay que festejar!
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to possess)
a. tener
My parents have a home, a car, and three beautiful children.Mis padres tienen una casa, un carro y tres hijos bellos.
2. (to suffer)
a. tener
How do I know if my child has an infection?¿Cómo sé si mi hijo tiene una infección?
3. (to experience)
a. pasar
I had the worst time trying to quit smoking.Lo pasé muy mal cuando estaba tratando de dejar de fumar.
b. vivir
We've had some difficult times over the last few years.Vivimos unos momentos difíciles en los últimos años.
4. (to consume)
a. tomar
I would like to have mashed potatoes with my steak.Me gustaría tomar puré de patatas con el filete.
5. (to receive)
a. recibir
We had a lot of presents last Christmas.Recibimos muchos regalos las Navidades pasadas.
6. (to give birth to)
a. tener
My college roommate had a baby last week.Mi compañera de cuarto de la universidad tuvo un bebé la semana pasada.
7. (to allow)
a. permitir
I won't have this mess under my roof!¡No permitiré este caos bajo mi techo!
8. (causative use)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I had my car washed at the weekend.Llevé el coche a lavar el fin de semana.
I had my shirt cleaned at the laundry.Me lavaron la camisa en la lavandería.
9. (used to wish someone something)
a. que (in interjections)
Have a great time at the party!¡Que lo pases muy bien en la fiesta!
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.).
10. (used in perfect tenses)
a. haber
You haven't been here before.No has estado aquí antes.
11. (to be obliged to)
a. tener que
I have to go to work tomorrow.Tengo que ir al trabajo mañana.
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