Quick answer
"Atraen" is a form of "atraer", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to attract". "De" is a preposition which is often translated as "from". Learn more about the difference between "de" and "atraen" below.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate origin)
a. from
Mis padres vienen de Nicaragua.My parents are from Nicaragua.
2. (used to indicate material)
a. of
Esta mesa está hecha de plástico.This table is made of plastic.
3. (used to express possession)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Te recojo en el coche de mi padre.I'll come get you in my father's car.
¿Esa no es la casa de Susana?Isn't that Susana's house?
4. (used to indicate characteristics)
a. of
La comida era de gran calidad.The food was of great quality.
5. (used to indicate content)
a. of
Andrés siempre llevaba una bolsa de canicas.Andres always carried around a bag of marbles.
6. (with compound nouns)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Voy a comprar otro traje de baño para el verano.I'm going to buy another bathing suit for the summer.
Se usa la palanca de cambios para cambiar las marchas.You use the gear shift to change the gears.
7. (used to indicate time)
a. in
Es mejor trabajar de mañana.It is better to work in the morning.
8. (used to express cause)
a. with
Me sorprendí llorando de pena al pensar en él.I caught myself crying with sorrow when I thought of him.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
9. (letter)
a. d
¿Dijiste la letra de o te?Did you say the letter d or t?
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to excite interest)
a. to attract
Su pelo largo atraía la atención de todo el mundo allá donde fuera.Her long hair attracted everyone's attention wherever she went.
b. to draw
Mira cómo esos músculos atraen la atención de todas las chicas.Look at how those muscles draw the attention of all the girls.
2. (physics)
a. to attract
El polo negativo atrae al polo positivo.The negative pole attracts the positive pole.
3. (to encourage)
a. to attract
El vino atrae a las avispas.Wine attracts wasps.
b. to draw
El queso atrajo el ratón a la trampa.The cheese drew the mouse to the trap.
4. (to be captivated by)
a. to attract
Me sentí atraída por sus ojos oscuros.I was attracted by his dark eyes.
5. (to interest)
a. to appeal
No me atraen los museos.Museums don't appeal to me.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
6. (to feel attraction for one another)
a. to be attracted to each other
Se atrajeron mutuamente desde el principio.They were attracted to each other from the very first moment.
7. (to exert a force on an object)
a. to attract each other
Aprendí en la escuela que el Sol y la Tierra se atraen.I learned at school that the Sun and the Earth attract each other.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to earn)
a. to win
Se atrajo el respeto de sus compañeros al conseguir un cliente importante.He won the respect of his colleagues when he acquired an important client.
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