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"Efectuar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to carry out", and "practicar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to practice". Learn more about the difference between "efectuar" and "practicar" below.
efectuar(
eh
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fehk
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twahr
)
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.
efectuarse
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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practicar(
prahk
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tee
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kahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to train)
a. to practice
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pasé tres horas practicando piano.I spent three hours practicing piano.
b. to practise (United Kingdom)
Hay que practicar mucho para mejorar cualquier destreza.You need to practise a lot in order to improve any skill.
2. (sports)
a. to play
Practicar tenis es un ejercicio estupendo para el cuerpo entero.Playing tennis is a great workout for the entire body.
3. (medicine)
a. to perform
Puede que sea preciso practicar un transplante para salvarlo.It may be necessary to perform a transplant to save him.
4. (religious)
a. to practice
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nació católico, pero ahora practica el budismo.He was born a Catholic, but now he practices Buddhism.
b. to practise (United Kingdom)
¿Practicas el anglicanismo, Nigel?Do you practise Anglicanism, Nigel?
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