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"Dudar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to doubt", and "titubear" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to hesitate". Learn more about the difference between "dudar" and "titubear" below.
dudar(
doo
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dahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be unsure about)
a. to doubt
Dudamos que mucha gente vaya a asistir al seminario.We doubt that many people will attend the seminar.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to disbelieve)
a. to doubt
No dudo de su carácter, pero sí de su ética laboral.I don't doubt his character, but I do doubt his work ethic.
3. (to waver)
a. to hesitate
No dude en comunicarse conmigo en cualquier momento si tiene alguna pregunta.Don't hesitate to get in touch with me at any time if you have questions.
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titubear(
tee
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too
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beh
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ahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to waver)
a. to hesitate
Al principio titubeé, pero finalmente terminé aceptando la oferta.I hesitated at first, but I finally ended up accepting the offer.
Este no es momento para titubear. Tenemos que actuar.This is not the time to hesitate. We need to act.
2. (to stammer)
a. to stutter
Javier nerviosamente titubeó unas palabras de disculpa.Javier nervously stuttered a few words of apology.
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