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"Detener" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to stop", and "aprehender" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to apprehend". Learn more about the difference between "detener" and "aprehender" below.
detener(
deh
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teh
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nehr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to halt)
a. to stop
El accidente detuvo la circulación de tráfico por completo.The accident stopped the flow of traffic completely.
2. (to detain)
a. to arrest
La policía detuvo al criminal tan pronto como lo encontraron.The police arrested the criminal as soon as they found him.
3. (to hold up)
a. to delay
Un ladrón detuvo a la policía mientras el otro se escapó con el dinero.One robber delayed the police while the other got away with the money.
detenerse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to cease movement)
a. to stop
Ellos se detuvieron en seco cuando escucharon la sirena.They stopped in their tracks when they heard the siren.
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aprehender(
ah
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preh
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ehn
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dehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to capture)
a. to apprehend
¿Qué es este jaleo? - La policía aprehendió a un presunto ladrón en el banco.What's all this fuss about? - The police apprehended an alleged thief in the bank.
2. (to confiscate)
a. to seize
El juez ordenó que se le devolvieran los bienes que le habían aprehendido.The judge ordered that they return the goods that were seized from him.
3. (to comprehend)
a. to understand
Para aprehender la noción de la sociedad, hay que empezar por el individuo.To understand the concept of society, we have to talk first about individuals.
b. to grasp
Tu capacidad intuitiva te ayudará a aprehender y asimilar la idea.Your intuitive capacity will help you grasp and assimilate the idea.
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