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"Educar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to bring up", and "como" is an adverb which is often translated as "like". Learn more about the difference between "educar" and "como" below.
educar(
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doo
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kahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to raise)
a. to bring up
Rafael educó a sus hijos para que respetaran a sus mayores.Rafael brought up his children to respect their elders.
2. (to teach)
a. to educate
Mi antigua maestra fundó una asociación para educar a niñas en países pobres.My old teacher founded an association to educate girls in poor countries.
3. (to equip)
a. to train (one's voice or ear)
Luisa practica una series de ejercicios todos los días para educar la voz.Luisa practices a series of exercises every day to train her voice.
b. to educate (one's palate or taste)
René tomó un curso para educar su paladar y como resultado logró inventar platillos más sabrosos.Rene took a course to educate his palate and as a result was able to invent more delicious dishes.
4. (to instruct)
a. to train (an animal)
Es importante empezar a educar a tu cachorro desde chiquito, porque más adelante se hace más difícil.It is important to train your puppy from when he is very small, because it gets more difficult later on.
educarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to gain an education)
a. to be educated
Guillermo se educó en la Universidad de Texas.Guillermo was educated at the University of Texas.
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como(
koh
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moh
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (comparative)
a. like
Quiero ser como tú.I want to be like you.
2. (used to express manner)
a. as
Haz como te digo.Do as I say.
3. (used to express a role or function)
a. as
Uso mi teléfono como una computadora.I use my phone as a computer.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (used to express cause)
a. since
Como no estabas aquí, tomé la decisión por ti.Since you were not here, I made the decision for you.
5. (used to express condition)
a. if
Como llegues tarde al examen, no se te dará más tiempo.If you arrive late for the exam, you will not be given extra time.
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