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"Elegir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to choose", and "escoger" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to choose". Learn more about the difference between "elegir" and "escoger" below.
elegir(
eh
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leh
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heer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make a choice between)
a. to choose
Elegí quedarme en casa como madre a tiempo completo.I chose to stay home as a full-time mom.
b. to select
No elegiste la opción correcta del menú.You didn't select the right option from the menu.
2. (to vote for)
a. to elect
Los ciudadanos eligieron al nuevo alcalde la semana pasada.The citizens elected the new mayor last week.
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escoger(
ehs
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koh
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hehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pick)
a. to choose
No sabía qué plato escoger en el restaurante.I didn't know which dish to choose at the restaurant.
2. (in voting)
a. to elect
Escogieron su representante en la reunión del viernes.They elected their representative at the Friday meeting.
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