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"Discutir" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to argue", and "abrazar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to hug". Learn more about the difference between "discutir" and "abrazar" below.
discutir(
dees
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koo
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teer
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to fight verbally)
a. to argue
Mi hermano y su esposa discuten todo el tiempo.My brother and his wife argue all the time.
b. to quarrel
Vimos una pareja en la calle discutiendo.We saw a couple quarreling in the street.
2. (to talk about)
a. to discuss
La pareja discutió con el sacerdote sobre sus votos.The couple discussed their vows with the priest.
3. (to answer back)
a. to talk back
¡No discutas! Solo haz lo que te pido.Don't talk back! Just do what I tell you.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to debate)
a. to discuss
Los panelistas discutieron el tema de la violencia en las escuelas.The panelists discussed the topic of violence in schools.
5. (to question)
a. to challenge
Los senadores discutieron la decisión que había tomado el presidente.The senators challenged the decision made by the president.
b. to dispute
El general discutió el uso de las armas nucleares.The general disputed the use of nuclear weapons.
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abrazar(
ah
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brah
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sahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to hold)
a. to hug
Tengo ganas de abrazarte.I feel like hugging you.
b. to embrace
Abrazó a los refugiados, algunos de los cuales habían llegado ese mismo día.He embraced the refugees, some of whom had arrived that very day.
c. to hold
La abrazó con fuerza.He held her tight.
2. (to take up)
a. to embrace
Tras su conversión, abrazó la castidad.After her conversion, she embraced chastity.
b. to espouse
Abrazó hace largo tiempo la causa de las mujeres oprimidas.She has long espoused the cause of oppressed women.
abrazarse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
3. (to hold each other)
a. to hug each other
Se abrazaron con pasión.They hugged each other passionately.
b. to embrace each other
Tras haber firmado el contracto, se abrazaron.After signing the contract, they embraced each other.
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