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"Deletrear" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to spell", and "escribir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to write". Learn more about the difference between "deletrear" and "escribir" below.
deletrear(
deh
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leh
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treh
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ahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to write or say the letters of)
a. to spell
Es mucho más difícil aprender a deletrear palabras en inglés que en español.Learning to spell words in English is much more difficult than it is in Spanish.
b. to spell out (aloud)
Hubo una palabra que no pudo deletrear, por lo que perdió el concurso de deletreo.There was one word he couldn't spell out, so he lost the spelling bee.
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escribir(
ehs
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kree
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beer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put in writing)
a. to write
El alumno escribió su ensayo de 20 páginas dentro de una noche.The student wrote his 20-page essay in one night.
Escribe lo que digo.Write what I say.
2. (to compose)
a. to write
Me escribió una canción de amor.He wrote me a love song.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to spell)
a. to write
Los nombres propios se escriben con mayúscula.Proper nouns are written with capital letters.
escribirse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
4. (to correspond)
a. to write to each other
Nos escribimos todos los días.We write to each other every day.
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