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"Parecida" is a form of "parecer", a copular verb which is often translated as "to seem". "Diferente" is an adjective which is often translated as "different". Learn more about the difference between "diferente" and "parecida" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (distinct)
a. different
Me gustan las papas, pero quería algo diferente.I like potatoes, but I wanted something different.
2. (of different kinds)
a. several
Hemos ido a diferentes playas alrededor de Acapulco.We've gone to several beaches around Acapulco.
b. various
Van a llegar diferentes artistas de todo el mundo para el festival.Various artists from all over the world will be coming to the festival.
3. (odd)
a. different
El hijo de mi primo es diferente, pero muy simpático.My cousin's son is different, but very friendly.
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A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (to appear to be)
a. to seem
Pareces cansado. ¿Dormiste bien anoche?You seem tired. Did you sleep well last night?
b. to look
Pareces triste. ¿Qué pasó?You look sad. What happened?
2. (to have a physical similarity to)
a. to look like
Mi perro parece un zorro con su cola tan larga.My dog looks like a fox with his long tail.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to give an impression)
a. to seem
Pareces tener mucha hambre.You seem to be very hungry.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (view)
a. opinion
Tu parecer es distinto al mío.Your opinion is different from mine.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
5. (to give the appearance of)
a. to look like
Parece que va a nevar. - No creo, no está lo suficientemente frío.It looks like it's going to snow. - I don't think so; it's not cold enough.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to have an opinion)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me parece que el ministro debería dimitir.I think the minister should resign.
¿Qué te pareció la serie sobre la familia real? - Me pareció una tontería.What did you think of the series about the royal family? - I thought it was nonsense.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
7. (to be alike)
a. to look alike
No nos parecemos pero somos hermanos.We don't look alike, but we are brothers.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to be similar to)
a. to look like
Te pareces mucho a tu papá cuando tenía tu edad.You look a lot like your father when he was your age.
b. to be like
Se parece a un vaquero con esas botas y esa actitud.He's like a cowboy with those boots and that attitude.
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