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"Emocionar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to move", and "entusiasmar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to fill with excitement". Learn more about the difference between "emocionar" and "entusiasmar" below.
emocionar(
eh
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moh
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syoh
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nahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to touch)
a. to move
Los sentimientos que expresa su música emocionan profundamente al público.The feelings expressed in his music move audiences deeply.
2. (to stimulate)
a. to thrill
La nueva montaña rusa emocionó e hizo gritar a las personas que se subieron.The new roller coaster thrilled the people who rode it and made them scream.
b. to excite
Las películas de miedo tienen el objetivo de emocionar y asustar a la audiencia.Scary movies have the purpose of exciting and scaring audiences.
emocionarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to be touched)
a. to be moved
Ella se emocionó mucho con el final triste del libro y no pudo contener el llanto.She was very moved by the sad ending of the book, and couldn't help crying.
4. (to be stimulated)
a. to get excited
Los niños se emocionaron y gritaron viendo la persecución de coches en la película.The kids got excited and screamed watching the car chase in the movie.
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entusiasmar(
ehn
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too
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syahs
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mahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to thrill)
a. to fill with excitement
El proyecto para la escuela me entusiasmó porque tuve que entrevistar al alcalde.My school project filled me with excitement because I got to interview the mayor.
b. to excite
Me entusiasma la idea de trabajar como voluntaria en un refugio animal, pero lamentablemente no tengo tiempo.The idea of volunteering in an animal shelter excites me, but unfortunately I don't have time.
c. to delight
Me entusiasma que haya venido tanta gente a mi concierto.It delights me to see that so many people came to my concert.
d. to love
A Amalia le entusiasma la ópera. Le podemos comprar una entrada para Carmen como regalo.Amalia loves the opera. We could buy her a ticket to Carmen as a gift.
entusiasmarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to get thrilled)
a. to get excited
Emilia se entusiasmó por la buena noticia y saltaba de alegría.Emilia got excited about the good news and jumped for joy.
b. to get enthusiastic
Los alumnos se entusiasmaron cuando les dije que íbamos a visitar una granja.My students get enthusiastic when I told them we were going to a farm.
3. (to become overly excited)
a. to get carried away
¡No te entusiasmes! Todavía no sabes si te dieron el puesto de trabajo.Don't get carried away! You don't know if the job is yours yet.
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