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"Encantar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to love", and "molestar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to bother". Learn more about the difference between "encantar" and "molestar" below.
encantar(
ehng
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kahn
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tahr
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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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molestar(
moh
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lehs
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to irk)
a. to bother
¡Mami, Roberto me está molestando! ¡No me deja en paz!Mommy, Roberto is bothering me! He won't leave me alone!
b. to annoy
Me está molestando muchísimo ese ruido.That noise is annoying me no end.
2. (to offend)
a. to upset
Perdona si te han molestado mis comentarios.I am sorry if my comments have upset you.
3. (to interrupt)
a. to disturb
Disculpe que le moleste, pero ¿ya terminó?Sorry to disturb you, but have you finished yet?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to cause pain)
a. to hurt
A mi abuela le molestan los pies al andar.My grandmother's feet hurt when she walks.
5. (to pester)
a. to disturb
Puse el cartel en la puerta para que no molesten por la mañana.I put the sign on the door so that they don't disturb us in the morning.
6. (to be an annoyance)
a. to be a nuisance
No me gustan los niños. Siempre están molestando y haciendo un reguero.I don't like children. They're always being a nuisance and making a mess.
molestarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to get annoyed)
a. to get upset
No se moleste, ha sido sin querer.Don't get upset, I didn't do it on purpose.
b. to take offense
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi suegra se molestó por mis comentarios.My mother-in-law took offense at my remarks.
c. to take offence (United Kingdom)
No te molestes, pero no me gusta ese vestido.Don't take offence, but I don't like that dress.
8. (to trouble oneself)
a. to bother
No hace falta que se molesten en recogernos.You don't need to bother to pick us up.
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