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"Compelled" is a form of "compel", a transitive verb which is often translated as "obligar". "Forced" is an adjective which is often translated as "forzado". Learn more about the difference between "compelled" and "forced" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to force)
a. obligar
The financial crash compelled the family to sell their house to survive.La crisis financiera obligó a la familia a vender la casa para poder sobrvivir.
b. forzar
His father had set an example that he felt compelled to live up to.Su padre había dado un ejemplo, y él se sentía forzado a estar a la misma altura.
c. compeler
The party leadership cannot compel its members to vote in a certain way.El liderazgo del partido no puede compeler a los miembros a votar de una manera determinada.
2. (to demand)
a. imponer (respect or admiration)
He was a great engineer whose achievements compelled the respect of his fellow countrymen.Era un gran ingeniero, cuyos logros imponían el respeto de sus compatriotas.
b. llamar (attention)
His outrageous appearance - bright pink hair, neon orange jacket, and yellow pants - compelled attention.Su aspecto estrafalario - pelo rosa chillón, chaqueta naranja neón y pantalón amarillo - llamaba la atención.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (obligatory)
a. forzado
They were sentenced to forced labor and imprisonment in concentration camps.Los condenaron a trabajo forzado y prisión en campos de concentración.
2. (due to necessity)
a. forzoso
The pilot made a forced landing when the engine began to smoke.El piloto hizo un aterrizaje forzoso cuando el motor empezó a echar humo.
3. (unnatural)
a. forzado
Roy received my comments with a forced smile.Roy recibió mis comentarios con una sonrisa forzada.
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