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"Doblar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to fold", and "torcer" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to twist". Learn more about the difference between "doblar" and "torcer" below.
doblar(
doh
-
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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torcer(
tohr
-
sehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to contort)
a. to twist
Torció la cuerda para aflojar el agarre de su oponente.He twisted the rope to loosen the grip of his opponent.
2. (to fold)
a. to bend
Tenemos que torcer el colchón para que quepa en el camión.We have to bend the mattress so that it fits in the truck.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to curve)
a. to turn
Ten cuidado más adelante; el camino tuerce bruscamente a la derecha.Be careful up ahead; the road turns sharply to the right.
torcerse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to injure)
a. to twist
Ella se torció la pierna al comienzo del juego y tuvo que dejar de jugar.She twisted her leg at the beginning of the game and had to stop playing.
b. to sprain
Vas a torcerte el codo si sigues tirando así.You're going to sprain your elbow if you keep throwing like that.
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