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"Dijiste" is a form of "decir", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to say". "Ibas" is a form of "ir", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to go". Learn more about the difference between "dijiste" and "ibas" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to speak)
a. to say
¿Qué dijiste? No te escuché.What did you say? I couldn't hear you.
b. to tell
¿Jura decir la verdad?Do you swear to tell the truth?
2. (to give an opinion)
a. to say
¿Qué dices de la nueva ley de transporte?What do you say about the new law on transportation?
b. to think
¿Y qué dices tú del asunto?What do you think about the whole issue?
c. to believe
¿Quién hubiera dicho que Juliana y Gustavo acabarían juntos?Who would have believed that Juliana and Gustavo would end up together?
3. (to be rumored)
a. to say
Dicen que va a nevar mañana.They say it's going to snow tomorrow.
4. (to transmit orders)
a. to tell
Dile a tu hermano que haga sus tareas.Tell your brother to do his homework.
b. to say
Mamá dijo que nos teníamos que acostar.Mom said we had to go to sleep.
5. (to narrate)
a. to recite
Ahora voy a decir un poema nuevo que escribí sobre el amor perdido.Now I will recite a poem I wrote about lost love.
6. (to signify)
a. to tell
El que no lo interese planear la boda me dice que Jorge no está listo para casarse.The fact that he's not interested in planning the wedding tells me Jorge's not ready to get married.
7. (to be indicated in text)
a. to say
La Biblia dice que uno debe amar al prójimo.The Bible says we should love our neighbor.
8. (religious)
a. to say (mass)
Después de decir la homilía, el sacerdote reparte la comunión.After the priest says the homily, he hands out Communion.
9. (to invite to speak)
a. to go ahead
¿Le puedo pedir un favor? - ¡Claro! Dime, ¿en qué lo puedo ayudar?Can I ask a favor of you? - Of course! Go ahead, how can I help you?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (used to answer the phone)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. hello (interjection)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
11. (proverb)
a. saying
"De tal palo, tal astilla" es un decir popular."Like father, like son" is a popular saying.
12. (form of expression)
a. manner of speaking
¡No te enfades, mujer! Es solo un decir.Come on, don't get annoyed! It's just a manner of speaking.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
13. (to promise oneself)
a. to tell oneself
Me dije que no volvería a empezar a fumar.I told myself that I wouldn't start smoking again.
b. to say to oneself
Me dije a mí misma, esto no sienta bien.I said to myself, this doesn't feel right.
c. to think to oneself
Me sigo diciendo, ¿qué hubiera pasado si hubiera aceptado ese trabajo?I keep thinking to myself, what would have happened had I taken that job?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
14. (to label)
a. to call
En Puerto Rico a la basura se le dice "zafacón".In Puerto Rico, the trash is called "zafacón."
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to indicate movement)
a. to go
Ayer Ana y yo fuimos al cine.Yesterday, Ana and I went to the movies.
2. (to indicate a result)
a. to go
Me fueron bien los exámenes este semestre.My exams went well this semester.
3. (to indicate origin)
a. to go
Los platos van en el armario.Dishes go in the cupboard.
4. (to indicate a range of time)
a. to go
El festival va del primero de abril hasta el primero de mayo.The festival goes from April first to May first.
5. (to have on)
a. to wear
Iba con botas amarillas.She wore yellow boots.
b. to be dressed in (color)
Iba de verde por el día de San Patricio.She was dressed in green for St. Patrick's Day.
6. (to function)
a. to work
El portátil va bien.The laptop works well.
b. to run
Mi carro ha ido sin problema durante años.My car has run without an issue for years.
7. (to discuss a process; used with "por")
a. to be on
Voy por la página 50 de "San Manuel Bueno, mártir".I'm on page 50 of "San Manuel Bueno, Martyr."
8. (to be on the path to becoming; used with "para")
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to study to be
Mi primo va para cocinero.My cousin is studying to be a cook.
9. (to attend)
a. to go
Mi hermana va a la primaria al lado de la estación de bomberos.My sister goes to the elementary school next to the firestation.
10. (to appear)
a. to look
¡Vas muy guapa! Me encanta tu vestido.You look gorgeous! I love your dress.
11. (to match)
a. to go with
Esa camisa roja no le va a ese pantalón amarillo.That red shirt doesn't go with those yellow pants.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
12. (to indicate a future action)
a. to go
¡Papá va a cocinar una cena espectacular!Dad is going to cook a wonderful dinner!
13. (in progressive constructions)
a. to be
Voy planificando la fiesta.I am planning the party.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
14. (to talk about directions)
a. to go
Por aquí no se va a casa.This is not the way to go home.
15. (to indicate a result)
a. to go
¿Cómo te va, amigo?How's it going, friend?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
16. (to exit a place)
a. to leave
El alumno se fue de la biblioteca muy tarde.The student left the library very late.
b. to go
¡Vámonos! El camión nos va a dejar.Let's go! The bus is going to leave us behind.
17. (to escape)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A la piscina se le fue todo el agua.All the water leaked from the pool.
A la llanta se le fue el aire.The tire went flat.
18. (to pass away)
a. to die
Se nos fue muy joven.He died too young.
19. (to take away)
a. to go away
Con esta pastilla se te irá el dolor.This pill will make the pain go away.
20. (to not remember)
a. to forget
¿Cómo se llama ese hombre? Lo sabía, pero se me fue.What's that man's name? I knew it, but I forgot.
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