Quick answer
"Doblar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to fold", and "acabar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to finish". Learn more about the difference between "doblar" and "acabar" below.
doblar(
doh
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blahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to crease)
a. to fold
Dobla el papel por la mitad.Fold the paper in half.
b. to bend
El músculo bíceps se flexiona cuando doblas el brazo.The bicep muscle flexes when you bend your arm.
2. (to increase by two times)
a. to double
Un bebé dobla su tamaño en unos cinco meses.A baby doubles its size in about five months.
3. (cinema)
a. to dub
El estudio dobla 40 películas al año.The studio dubs 40 films per year.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to change direction)
a. to turn
El coche dobló en el semáforo.The car turned at the traffic light.
5. (to ring a bell)
a. to toll
Las campanas de la catedral doblan a cada hora.The cathedral bells toll at every hour.
doblarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to give in)
a. to bend
Nuestro país nunca se dobla ante la presión.Our country never bends under pressure.
7. (to increase by two times)
a. to double
La tasa de natalidad se ha doblado en los últimos diez años.The birth rate has doubled in the last ten years.
8. (to collapse)
a. to bend
La viga se está doblando por puntos diferentes.The beam is bending at different points.
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acabar(
ah
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kah
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bahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to complete)
a. to finish
Yo acabo mis clases en junio.I finish my classes in June.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to come to an end)
a. to end
Te llamaré después de que acabe la película.I'll call you after the movie ends.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to achieve sexual climax)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. come
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Si tienes problemas para acabar, deberías consultar con el médico.If you have problems coming, you should see a doctor.
acabarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to be used up)
a. to run out
Se acabó la leche y no puedo hacer mi café mañanero.The milk has run out and I can't make my morning coffee.
5. (to run its course)
a. to end
Siguieron bailando aun después de que se acabara la música.They kept dancing even after the music ended.
b. to finish
La película se acabó temprano.The movie finished early.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to perish)
a. to die
Se acabó tres días después de haber sido herido en el campo de batalla.He died three days after having been wounded on the battlefield.
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