Quick answer
"Continue" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "continuar", and "carry on" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "continuar con". Learn more about the difference between "continue" and "carry on" below.
continue(
kuhn
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tihn
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yu
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to resume)
a. continuar
The students continued their work after recess.Los estudiantes continuaron con su trabajo después del recreo.
b. reanudar
Let's continue this conversation after lunch.Reanudemos esta conversación después del almuerzo.
2. (to remain)
a. seguir
The ladies continued talking all afternoon.Las señoras siguieron platicando toda la tarde.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to resume)
a. continuar
The clinical trial will not continue after these problems.El ensayo clínico no continuará después de estos problemas.
4. (to remain)
a. seguir
The president of the United States will continue in office.El presidente de los Estados Unidos seguirá en su cargo.
5. (to extend)
a. continuar
The road continues through the mountains for another 100 km.El camino continúa por las montañas unos 100 km más.
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carry on(
kah
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ri
 
an
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to sustain)
a. continuar con
Why do we carry on the tradition of eating unleavened bread on Passover?¿Por qué continuamos con la tradición de comer el pan ácimo durante la Pascua?
b. seguir con
If you carry on this type of behavior, you will get detention.Si sigues con este tipo de comportamiento, te van a castigar.
2. (to proceed with)
a. mantener
We carried on our conversation on the bus after we got off the plane.Mantuvimos nuestra conversación en el autobús después de bajarnos del avión.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to continue)
a. seguir
Please carry on with your work and don't let me disturb you.Por favor, sigue con tu trabajo y no me dejes molestarte.
b. continuar
If we don't make some changes, these issues will carry on forever.Si no hacemos unos cambios, estos problemas continuarán para siempre.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to behave badly)
a. hacer trastadas
Because he kept carrying on in class, the teacher sent him to the principal's office.Como no dejaba de hacer trastadas en clase, el profesor le mandó a la oficina del director.
b. hacer un escándalo
I understand that you're upset, but please, stop carrying on.Entiendo que estés molesto, pero, por favor, deja de hacer un escándalo.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have an affair)
a. tener un lío
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
When his wife found out he'd been carrying on for years, she asked him for a divorce.Cuando su mujer se enteró de que había tenido un lío por años, le pidió el divorcio.
b. tener una movida
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Everybody knows they've been carrying on, but nobody will tell her husband.Todos saben que han tenido una movida, pero nadie se lo dirá a su esposo.
c. tener un asunto
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(River Plate)
I carried on for years before deciding that I'd rather be single.Tuve un asunto por años antes de decidir que prefería estar soltero.
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