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"Drive" is a noun which is often translated as "drive", and "manejar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to handle". Learn more about the difference between "drive" and "manejar" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sports)
a. drive
El tenista tiene un drive y un saque muy poderosos, pero su revés deja mucho que desear.The tennis player has a very powerful drive and service, but his backhand leaves a lot to be desired.
b. forehand
Pasé toda la mañana en el campo de golf practicando mi drive.I spent all morning on the golf course practicing my forehand.
2. (automobile transmision)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. drive
El camión hacía un ruido muy extraño, y resultó que había un problema con el drive.The truck made a strange noise, and it turned out there was a problem with the drive.
3. (lever used to change gear)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. gearshift
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El carro tiene un drive muy suave.The car has a very smooth gearshift.
b. gear lever (United Kingdom)
¿Cómo se pone este drive en marcha atrás?How do you get this gear lever to move into reverse?
c. shift lever
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Para meter la segunda, empuja el drive hacia la izquierda y luego hacia abajo.To put it into second, push the shift lever to the left and then down.
d. gearstick (United Kingdom)
Recuerda que, siempre que vayas a usar el drive, tienes que pisar antes el embrague.Don't forget that, whenever you're going to use the gearstick, you must engage the clutch first.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to deal with)
a. to handle
Un cajero de casino maneja mucho dinero.A casino cashier handles a lot of money.
b. to use
Hay que saber cómo manejar los datos para sacarles máximo provecho.You need to know how to use the data to get the most out of it.
c. to operate
¿Has aprendido a manejar la nueva maquinaria?Have you learned how to operate the new machinery?
2. (to direct)
a. to run
Un conglomerado extranjero ha manejado la empresa desde enero.A foreign conglomerate has run the company since January.
b. to manage
Me contrataron para manejar la bodega.They hired me to manage the warehouse.
3. (to manipulate)
a. to manipulate
El director de la empresa maneja a sus empleados como quiere.The company director manipulates his staff at will.
4. (automobile)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to drive
Mi padre me deja manejar su carro los fines de semana.My dad lets me drive his car on weekends.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (automobile)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to drive
Voy a aprender a manejar este verano.I'm going to learn to drive this summer.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to handle oneself)
a. to get by
Se maneja muy bien en chino y ruso.She gets by very well in Chinese and Russian.
b. to manage
Se maneja perfectamente en su nuevo empleo.She's managing perfectly well in her new job.
7. (to act)
a. to behave
Los niños se manejaron muy bien en la excursión.The children behaved really well on the field trip.
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