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"Demostrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to demonstrate", and "verificar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to verify". Learn more about the difference between "demostrar" and "verificar" below.
demostrar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to explain)
a. to demonstrate
El Sr. Bloom ahora demostrará cómo se usa el carro eléctrico.Mr. Bloom will now demonstrate how to use the electric car.
b. to show
El aeromozo demostró la manera indicada de abrocharse el cinturón.The flight attendant showed the correct way to fasten your seatbelt.
2. (to give evidence of)
a. to prove
Stephen demostró su lealtad al rey.Stephen proved his loyalty to the king.
b. to demonstrate
Los resultados del experimento demuestran que la hipótesis es correcta.The results of the experiment demonstrate that the hypothesis is correct.
3. (to present)
a. to display
Chrissy demostró sus destrezas de baile.Chrissy displayed her dancing skills.
b. to show
Por el tono del discurso que dio en la cumbre, el presidente demostró que no tiene ningún sentido común.With the speech that he gave at the summit, the president showed that he has no common sense.
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verificar(
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kahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to corroborate)
a. to verify
Los expertos están verificando la autenticidad de la pintura.Experts are verifying the authenticity of the painting.
b. to check
Voy a verificar en el diccionario cómo se escribe la palabra.I'll check the spelling of the word in the dictionary.
c. to establish (facts)
Tenemos que verificar los hechos de manera objetiva y metódica.We must establish the facts in an objective and methodical manner.
d. to confirm
La policía verificó que el delincuente herido murió en el hospital.The police confirmed that the wounded robber died in hospital.
2. (to inspect)
a. to test
Antes de despegar, el piloto verificó los alerones y el timón de cola.The pilot tested the flaps and the tail rudder before taking off.
b. to check
El mecánico verificó los frenos y no funcionaban.The mechanic checked the brakes and they weren't working.
3. (finance)
a. to audit
No le otorgaron permiso para verificar la cuenta bancaria de su pareja.He was not granted permission to audit his spouse's bank account.
4. (to hold)
a. to carry out
Nuestros aviones verificaron un reconocimiento sobre la isla.Our airplanes carried out an aerial reconnaissance of the island.
verificarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to be examined)
a. to be verified
Escuché un rumor, pero todavía no se verificó la información.I heard a rumor, but the information wasn't verified yet.
6. (to occur)
a. to take place
El debate se verificará en el auditorio.The debate will take place in the auditorium.
b. to be held
Las primeras elecciones democráticas se verificaron sin incidentes.The first democratic elections were held without incident.
7. (to prove to be true)
a. to come true
¿Qué hubiera pasado si se hubiera verificado la profesía maya?What would have happened if the Mayan prophecy had come true?
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