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"Durar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to last", and "llevar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to take". Learn more about the difference between "durar" and "llevar" below.
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to transport)
a. to take
Lleva los platos sucios a la cocina.Take the dirty plates to the kitchen.
b. to carry
Mi marido llevará las bolsas de la compra.My husband will carry the grocery bags.
c. to give a ride (in a vehicle)
Te llevo a la estación si quieres.I can give you a ride to the station if you like.
2. (to escort to)
a. to take
El mayordomo nos llevó a nuestra habitación.The butler took us to our room.
3. (clothing)
a. to wear
Ella siempre lleva sus botas favoritas cuando nieva.She always wears her favorite boots when it snows.
4. (to spend time on)
a. to be
Llevo cuatro horas estudiando y todavía me queda mucho.I've been studying for four hours and there's still a lot left.
5. (to be more than)
a. to be ahead by
Le lleva cuatro metros de ventaja en la carrera.He is ahead by four meters in the race.
b. to be older than (comparative)
Mi marido me lleva dos meses.My husband is two months older than me.
6. (to manage)
a. to handle
Sofía lleva todos los asuntos de finanzas en la familia.Sofía handles all the finances in the family.
b. to deal with
¿Quién va a llevar lo del traslado de oficina?¿Who's going to deal with the office move?
7. (to cope with)
a. to get on
Me enteré de que cerró la fábrica. ¿Cómo lo llevas?I heard the factory closed down. How are you getting on?
b. to handle
La profesora sabe llevar a los alumnos.The teacher knows how to handle the students.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to take to: used with "a")
a. to lead to
¿Sabes a dónde lleva este túnel?Do you know where this tunnel leads to?
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
9. (to complete)
a. to have (used with past participle)
Lleva comidos cuatro trozos de pizza.She has already eaten four slices of pizza.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
10. (to transport)
a. to take
Se llevó todas sus pertenencias consigo.He took all of his belongings with him.
11. (to be friends)
a. to get along
Las dos hermanas nunca se han llevado bien.The two sisters have never gotten along well.
12. (to be fashionable)
a. to be in
Se llevan mucho las zapatillas de deporte con trajes ahora.Wearing sneakers with a suit is really in now.
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