Quick answer
"Desmontar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to dismantle", and "posicionar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to position". Learn more about the difference between "desmontar" and "posicionar" below.
desmontar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to break down)
a. to dismantle
El fontanero desmontó la cisterna para arreglarla.The plumber dismantled the toilet tank to fix it.
b. to take apart
Para meter la silla en el coche, primero hay que desmontarla.We have to take the chair apart before putting it in the car.
c. to strip down (motor)
El mecánico tuvo que desmontar el motor del coche.The mechanic had to strip the car engine down.
d. to take down (tent)
Nos costó una hora a desmontar la tienda de campaña antes de volver del camping.It took us one hour to take the tent down before we came back from camping.
e. uncock (weapon)
Pregunté al instructor si para desmontar la pistola había que descargarla.I asked the instructor if I had to unload the gun to be able to uncock it.
f. to take to pieces
Mi esposo desmontó mi computador para tratar de arreglarlo.My husband took my computer to pieces trying to fix it.
2. (to take someone off a horse)
a. to unseat
Me hice daño en la pierna cuando un mal salto me desmontó del caballo.I hurt my leg when a bad jump unseated me from the horse.
b. to throw
El caballo salvaje trató desmontar al jinete que lo domaba.The bronco horse tried to throw the horseman who was taming it.
3. (to remove trees)
a. to level
Para construir en este terreno el primer paso es desmontarlo.The first step to build on this terrain is to level it.
b. to clear (to remove the trees)
Desmontamos la zona para que no quedara ni un solo árbol.We cleared the area so that there was not a single tree left.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to get off)
a. to dismount
El peón del establo ayudo a Emily a desmontar del caballo.The stable hand helped Emily dismount from the horse.
desmontarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to be dismantled)
a. to come apart
El castillo de juguete se desmontaba fácilmente.The toy castle came apart easily.
6. (to get down)
a. to dismount
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Lo más difícil cuando empecé a montar a caballo era desmontarme.The most difficult part when I started riding was to dismount.
b. to get off
Desmóntate de la bici y ven a ayudarme.Get off your bike and come here to help me.
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posicionar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to place)
a. to position
Hay que posicionar las sillas de forma que quepa el mayor número de personas posible.We have to position the chairs so the room can fit as many people as possible.
posicionarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to take up a stance)
a. to adopt an attitude
Después de oír arguments de ambos lados, Ana se posicionó a favor de la pena de muerte.After hearing arguments from both sides, Ana adopted an attitude in favor of the death penalty.
b. to declare oneself
Me posicioné en contra de las corridas de toros, porque no soporto que los animales sufran.I declared myself against bullfighting, because I cannot stand the suffering of animals.
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