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"Efectuar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to carry out", and "acaecer" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to happen". Learn more about the difference between "efectuar" and "acaecer" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to do)
a. to carry out (an investigation or repairs)
La policía efectuó un registro de la casa.Police carried out a search of the house.
b. to make (a payment or a journey)
Puede efectuar el depósito en cualquier sucursal de nuestro banco.You can make the deposit in any branch of our bank.
c. to effect (repairs)
Nuestro servicio de mantenimiento se encargará de efectuar las reparaciones.Our maintenance service will effect the repairs.
d. to execute (an investment)
La empresa efectuó una serie de inversiones que generaron pingües beneficios.The firm executed a series of investments that yielded fat profits.
e. to perform (a calculation)
Una computadora puede efectuar cálculos muy complejos.A computer can perform very complex calculations.
f. to conduct (an interview)
Nuestro jefe de personal efectuará las entrevistas.The interviews will be conducted by our personnel manager.
g. to fire (a shot)
La agente le dio el alto y efectuó varios disparos al aire.The police officer ordered him to halt and fired several shots into the air.
h. to cover (a distance)
Los ciclistas efectuarán hoy un recorrido de 250 kilómetros.The cyclists will cover a distance of 250 kilometers today.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to happen)
a. to take place
La inauguración se efectuará el día 22 de septiembre.The opening will take place on the 22nd of September.
3. (to be done)
a. to be carried out (investigation or repairs)
La investigación se efectuó en el más absoluto secreto.The investigation was carried out in the most absolute secrecy.
b. to be made (payment or journey)
El trayecto puede efectuarse en tren o autobús.The journey can be made by train or bus.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
a. to happen
Lo que acaeció en la sala de reuniones solo lo saben los allí presentes.Only those who were present know what happened in the meeting room.
b. to occur
El accidente acaeció en el mismo lugar donde un año antes habían muerto 11 personasThe accident occurred in the same place where 11 people had died one year earlier.
c. to take place
Nadie hubiera podido imaginar lo que iba a acaecer aquella lúgubre noche de invierno.No one could have imagined what was going to take place on that gloomy winter night.
d. to come about
Cuando todo parecía estar en su contra, acaeció que Ana conoció al hombre de su vida.When everything appeared to be against her, it came about that Ana met the man of her life.
e. to befall
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(transitive verb)
La pitonisa le predijo que algo terrible estaba a punto de acaecer en su vida.The fortune-teller predicted that something terrible was about to befall him.
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