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"Encantar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to love", and "importar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to matter". Learn more about the difference between "encantar" and "importar" below.
encantar(
ehng
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kahn
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tahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to like very much)
a. to love
Me encanta tomarme un chocolate caliente cuando hace frío afuera.I love drinking hot chocolate when it's cold out.
¡Me encanta tu casa! ¿Tú misma la decoraste?I love your house! Did you decorate it yourself?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to cast a spell on)
a. to bewitch
La bruja encantó a la princesa.The witch bewitched the princess.
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importar(
eem
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pohrr
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tahrr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to be of importance)
a. to matter
No importa si no puedes venir.It doesn't matter if you can't come.
b. to be important
El costo no importa; pagaré lo que sea necesario para salvar a mi hijo.The cost isn't important; I'll pay whatever is necessary to save my son.
2. (to be bothered)
a. to care
No me importa lo que digan.I don't care what people say.
b. to mind
No me importa trabajar los sábados si la paga es buena.I don't mind working on Saturdays if the pay is good.
3. (to be interested)
a. to care
Parece que ni te importa saber lo que opino.It looks like you don't even care what I think.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (commerce)
a. to import
Importamos mucha gasolina en este país.We import a lot of gasoline in this country.
5. (computing)
a. to import
Necesito importar mis contactos a Outlook.I need to import my contacts into Outlook.
6. (to add up)
a. to amount to
La factura importa $1000.The bill amounts to $1000.
b. to come to
¿Cuánto importan dos kilos de cebolla?How much do two kilos of onions come to?
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