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"Durar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to last", and "perdurar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to live on". Learn more about the difference between "durar" and "perdurar" below.
durar(
doo
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rahr
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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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perdurar(
pehr
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doo
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rahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to continue indefinitely)
a. to live on
El espíritu de tu madre pedurará siempre.Your mother's spirit will live on forever.
b. to last
El dolor de perder a un hijo perdura para siempre.The pain of losing a child lasts forever.
c. to endure
Sus contribuciones al mundo perdurarán después de que haya muerto.His contributions to the world will endure after he has died.
2. (to prevail)
a. to remain
El dolor perdura pese a haberme operado como los doctores me aconsejaron.The pain remains in spite of having undergone surgery as the doctors recommended.
b. to still exist
El amor hacia un ser querido perdura aunque esa persona fallezca.Love for a loved one still exists even when that person passes away.
c. to survive
La ansiedad puede perdurar durante bastante tiempo, incluso cuando un psicólogo la está tratando.Anxiety can survive for quite some time, even when a psychologist is treating it.
d. to persist
Mi resentimiento hacia Juan perdura aunque me pidiera perdón por todo lo que me hizo.My resentment towards Juan persists although he apologized for everything he did to me.
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