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"Encestar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to score", and "anotar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to note down". Learn more about the difference between "encestar" and "anotar" below.
encestar(
ehn
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sehs
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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. (sports)
a. to score
El base encestó solamente dos veces en el primer cuarto.The point guard only scored twice in the first quarter.
b. to score a basket
Manu Ginóbili encestó segundos antes de que terminara el partido.Manu Ginobili scored a basket just before the end of the game.
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anotar(
ah
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noh
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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 take note of)
a. to note down
Anoté las cosas más importantes que se mencionaron en la junta.I noted down the most important things mentioned at the meeting.
b. to make a note of
Por favor anota tu información personal en esta forma.Please make a note of your personal information on this form.
2. (to write explanatory notes)
a. to annotate
Te recomiendo anotar lo que te parezca importante al margen.I recommend annotating what you consider important in the margin.
3. (to register) (Southern Cone)
a. to enroll
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi hermano me anotó en la clase de español.My brother enrolled me in Spanish class.
b. to enrol (United Kingdom)
También anoté a María en la clase de ciencias.I also enrolled María in the science class.
4. (sports)
a. to score
Julián anotó el último gol.Julián scored the last goal.
anotarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (sports)
a. to score
Se anotó un gol y quedaron empate.They scored a goal and it ended in a tie.
6. (to register)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. to enroll
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Marcela se anotó en Matemáticas I.Marcela enrolled in Math I.
b. to enrol (United Kingdom)
James se anotó en el curso de redacción.James enrolled in the writing course.
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