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"Echar un vistazo" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to have a look", and "comprobar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to check". Learn more about the difference between "echar un vistazo" and "comprobar" below.
echar un vistazo(
eh
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chahr
 
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bees
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tah
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soh
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to peek)
a. to have a look
Aunque no vayamos a comprar nada, ¿por qué no entramos de todos modos en la tienda a echar un vistazo?Even if we're not buying anything, why don't we go into the store anyway to have a look?
b. to take a look
¿Apagaste el gas? - No estoy segura, echaré un vistazo por si acaso.Did you turn the gas off? - I'm not sure. I'll take a look just in case.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (to peek at)
a. to have a look at
Antes de darte mi opinión, me gustaría echarle un vistazo al contrato.Before telling you what I think, I'd like to have a look at the contract.
b. to take a look at
¿Por qué no echas un vistazo a la cartelera de cine, por si hay alguna película que quieras ver?Why don't you take a look at the cinema billboard, in case there's any movie you want to see?
c. to glance at
Eché un vistazo a la cubierta del libro que la chica estaba leyendo, para ver cuál era.I glanced at the cover of the book the girl was reading, to see which one it was.
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comprobar(
kohm
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proh
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bahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to verify)
a. to check
Vale la pena comprobar de nuevo a qué hora sale el vuelo mañana.It's worth checking again what time the flight leaves tomorrow.
2. (to demonstrate)
a. to prove
Con este estudio queremos comprobar que nuestra teoría es cierta.With this study, we want to prove that our theory is correct.
3. (to notice)
a. to realize
Ya comprobé que sí tiene muy mal carácter.I've realized that he has a very bad temper.
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