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"Desaprobar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to disapprove of", and "aprobar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to pass". Learn more about the difference between "desaprobar" and "aprobar" below.
desaprobar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to declare yourself against)
a. to disapprove of
Los veganos desaprueban los zoológicos.Vegans disapprove of zoos.
b. to condemn
En las sociedades occidentales, se desapureba el incesto.In Western societies, incest is condemned.
2. (to dismiss)
a. to reject
La oposición desaprueba el proyecto de ley antiinmigrantes.The opposition party rejects the Anti-immigrant Bill.
3. (to not pass)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
(Southern Cone)
a. to fail (an exam, a course)
Luna está estudiando mucho porque no quiere desaprobar química.Luna is studying hard because she doesn't want to fail Chemistry.
4. (to award a fail grade to)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
(Southern Cone)
a. to fail (a student)
Estoy muy deprimida porque me desaprobaron injustamente.I'm really depressed because I was failed unfairly.
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aprobar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (law)
a. to pass
El congreso aprobó una reforma energética.Congress passed an energy reform.
2. (to accept)
a. to approve
¿La contaduría ya aprobó el presupuesto?Has accounting approved the budget yet?
b. to endorse
El comité de vecindarios aprobó el plan de la ciudad.The neighborhood committee endorsed the city's plan.
3. (education)
a. to pass
Hay que estudiar mucho para aprobar ese examen de matemáticas.You have to study a lot to pass that math test.
4. (to be in favor of)
a. to approve of
No apruebo la música fuerte de mi vecino a las tres de la mañana.I don't approve of my neighbor's loud music at three in the morning.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (education)
a. to pass
Después de mucho trabajo arduo, por fin aprobé.After a lot of hard work, I finally passed.
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