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"Dejar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to leave", and "terminar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to end". Learn more about the difference between "dejar" and "terminar" below.
dejar(
deh
-
hahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put)
a. to leave
Dejé la llave en tu buzón, como me pediste que hiciera.I left the key in your mailbox, as you asked me to do.
Deja el libro en la mesa cuando acabes de leerlo.Leave the book on the table when you are finished reading it.
2. (to forget)
a. to leave
Dejaste el celular en mi casa. ¿No te habías dado cuenta?You left your cell phone at my place. Haven't you noticed?
3. (to abandon)
a. to leave
Lo dejó todo para perseguir su sueño.He left everything to follow his dream.
4. (to bequeath)
a. to leave
Su tío no tenía hijos y, cuando murió, le dejó todo a ella.Her uncle didn't have any children, and when he died, he left everything to her.
5. (to leave in a certain way)
a. to leave
Marga anda muy despistada últimamente. Hoy dejó el grifo del lavabo abierto.Marga has been very distracted lately. She left the sink tap running today.
6. (transport)
a. to drop
¿Quieres que te lleve hasta la puerta? - No, hay mucho tráfico y no hace falta, me puedes dejar aquí mismo.Do you want me to take you to the door? - No, there's a lot of traffic, and it's not necessary. You can drop me right here.
7. (to allow)
a. to let
Déjame terminar esta tarea y nos vamos.Let me finish this homework and we can go.
¿Vas a dejar que acabe de hablar?Would you let me finish talking?
8. (to loan)
a. to lend
¿Me dejarías tu coche?Would you lend me your car?
dejarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
9. (to allow oneself to)
a. to let oneself
Déjate disfrutar tu fiesta de cumpleaños. Let yourself enjoy your birthday party.
10. (to neglect oneself)
a. to let oneself go
Es fácil dejarse cuando se está deprimido.It is easy to let yourself go when you're depressed.
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terminar(
tehr
-
mee
-
nahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to come to an end)
a. to end
Solo quedan dos episodios para que termine la temporada.There are only two episodes left before the season ends.
2. (to end a relationship)
a. to break up
Terminó conmigo porque necesitaba espacio.He broke up with me because he needed space.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to complete)
a. to finish
¿Ya has terminado de limpiar tu habitación?Have you finished cleaning your room yet?
terminarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to complete)
a. to finish
Termínate el desayuno y vámonos.Finish your breakfast and let's go.
5. (to have none left)
a. to run out
Espero que lleguemos a nuestro destino antes de que al coche se le termine la gasolina.I hope we get to where we are going before the car runs out of gas.
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