Quick answer
"Durar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to last", and "acabar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to finish". Learn more about the difference between "durar" and "acabar" below.
durar(
doo
-
rahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to go on)
a. to last
La crisis económica no puede durar para siempre.The economic crisis cannot last forever.
b. to be long
La película dura dos horas aproximadamente.The film is approximately two hours long.
2. (to continue being usable)
a. to last
Un bolso de buena calidad te puede durar años.A good quality bag can last you for years.
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acabar(
ah
-
kah
-
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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