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"Destruir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to destroy", and "crear" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to create". Learn more about the difference between "destruir" and "crear" below.
destruir(
dehs
-
trweer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to ravage)
a. to destroy
Los niños destruyeron el castillo de arena.The kids destroyed the sand castle.
b. to demolish
Vamos a destruir estas dos casas y construir una nueva más grande.We are going to demolish these two houses and build a bigger one.
2. (to end)
a. to wreck
Las discusiones políticas destruyeron su amistad.Political arguments wrecked their friendship.
b. to destroy
El huracán destruyó sus planes de vacaciones.The hurricane destroyed their vacation plans.
c. to demolish
Dr. Banderas destruyó la hipótesis del Dr. Magallanes.Dr. Banderas demolished Dr. Magallanes' hypothesis.
d. to dash
La explosión esta mañana destruyó cualquier esperanza de una resolución pronta al conflicto.The explosion this morning dashed any hopes of a quick resolution to the conflict.
e. to shatter
El helicóptero se estrelló y destrozó la esperanza de John de ser rescatado.The helicopter crashed and shattered John's hope of being rescued.
f. to ruin
La foto comprometedora destruyó su candidatura.The compromising photo ruined his candidacy.
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crear(
kreh
-
ahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give rise to)
a. to create
En la mitología griega, Zeus crea a Pandora como castigo. In Greek mythology, Zeus creates Pandora as a punishment.
b. to produce
Tus acciones han creado mucha agitación.Your actions have produced a lot of turmoil.
c. to invent
Creó un robot que hace licuados. He invented a robot that makes smoothies.
d. to cause
Has creado muchos problemas para tu pobre mamá.You've caused your poor mother a lot of trouble.
2. (an organization or company)
a. to found
Nuestro jefe creó esta empresa junto con su hermano.Our boss founded this company with his brother.
b. to set up
Antes de crear la compañía, tienen que conseguir un préstamo.Before setting up the company, you have to get a loan.
c. to establish
Han creado un comité para investigar la corrupción dentro del gobierno.They have established a committee to investigate government corruption.
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