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"Decorar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to decorate", and "pagar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to pay". Learn more about the difference between "decorar" and "pagar" below.
decorar(
deh
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koh
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rahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to adorn)
a. to decorate
Me gustaría decorar la sala de estar con más pinturas.I would like to decorate the living room with more paintings.
Vamos a decorar el altar con flores, fotos y la comida preferida del difunto.We're going to decorate the altar with flowers, pictures, and the deceased's favorite food.
b. to dress (a store window)
Siempre decoran el escaparate de los grandes almacenes para la Navidad.They always dress the store window of the department store for Christmas.
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pagar(
pah
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gahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to exchange money for)
a. to pay
Él está pagando la cuenta.He is paying the bill.
b. to pay off (a debt)
Yo acabo de pagar mis deudas de la universidad.I just paid off my college loans.
c. to repay (a debt)
Toma cinco años pagar el préstamo del carro.It takes five years to repay the loan on the car.
2. (to buy)
a. to pay for
Mi primo me pagó el almuerzo.My cousin paid for my lunch.
3. (to suffer the consequences of)
a. to pay
Me las pagarás por lo que me hiciste.You're going to pay for what you did to me.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make a payment)
a. to pay
Ya pagué yo.I already paid.
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