Quick answer
"Descubrir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to discover", and "hallar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to find". Learn more about the difference between "descubrir" and "hallar" below.
descubrir(
dehs
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koo
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breer
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to unearth)
a. to discover
Descubrieron una cueva en la montaña durante la excursión.They discovered a cave in the mountain during their trip.
b. to find
Isaac descubrió un tesoro enterrado en el jardín de su abuelo.Isaac found a buried treasure in his grandfather's garden.
2. (to uncover)
a. to find out
He descubierto que van a despedir a la secretaria.I've found out that the secretary is going to be fired.
b. to discover
Hugo descubrió que su esposa tuvo un amorío con su socio.Hugo discovered that his wife had an affair with his partner.
3. (to make known)
a. to reveal
Eduardo descubrió la identidad del espía.Eduardo revealed the spy's identity.
b. to uncover
La policía descubrió el complot de atracar el banco justo a tiempo.The police uncovered the plot to rob the bank just in time.
4. (to expose)
a. to uncover
En su cultura no puede descubrir la cara si está en la presencia de hombres que no sean familiares.In her culture, she can't uncover her face if she's in the presence of men who are not relatives.
b. to take the lid off
Descubre la olla antes de que hierva.Take the lid off the pot before it boils.
c. to unveil
Descubrieron una estatua en la ceremonia inaugural.They unveiled a statue at the opening ceremony.
5. (to disclose)
a. to give away
¡No nos descubran! Estamos preparando una fiesta de sorpresa para Imelda.Don't give us away! We're organizingg a surprise party for Imelda.
6. (to make visible)
a. to reveal
La luz de la luna descubrió el contorno de la montaña en la distancia.The moonlight revealed the outline of the mountain in the distance.
descubrirse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
7. (to remove one's hat)
a. to take one's hat off
Me descubro ante usted.I take my hat off to you.
8. (to make visible)
a. to uncover
La novia se descubrió el rostro para besarle al novio. The bride uncovered her face to kiss the groom.
b. to bare
Esteban se descubrió la espalda para enseñar su tatuaje.Estaban bared his back to show his tatoo.
9. (to reveal the truth)
a. to give oneself away
Mi hermano intentó asustarme, pero se descubrió al reírse. My brother tried to scare me, but he gave himself away by laughing.
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hallar(
ah
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yahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to find)
a. to find
¿Hallaste el restaurante que te mencioné cuando fuiste a Argentina?Did you find the restaurant I mentioned when you went to Argentina?
2. (to uncover)
a. to discover
Hallé un restaurante precioso en Puerto Vallarta.I discovered a lovely little restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.
3. (to receive a reaction)
a. to meet with
El plan de Obama halló resistencia del congreso.Obama’s plan was met with resistance from Congress.
hallarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to be situated)
a. to be
El cine se halla al extremo norte del centro comercial.The theater is at the far north end of the mall.
5. (to be part of)
a. to be
Se halló entre los alumnos más inteligentes de su escuela.She was among the smartest students in her school.
6. (to experience a state or emotion)
a. to feel
Se halló lleno de energía después de ganar el premio.He felt full of energy after winning the prize.
b. to find oneself
Nos hallamos algo cansados después de caminar por 16 horas.We found ourselves somewhat tired after walking for 16 hours.
7. (to discover oneself)
a. to find oneself
Se halló durante un viaje espiritual a la India.She found herself while on a spiritual journey to India.
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