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"Encomiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to praise", and "recomendar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to recommend". Learn more about the difference between "encomiar" and "recomendar" below.
encomiar(
ehn
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koh
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myahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to praise
Estamos reunidos aquí esta noche para encomiar su trabajo humanitario, Dra. Wilson.We're gathered here tonight to praise your humanitarian work, Dr. Wilson.
b. to pay tribute to
El gobernador encomió los esfuerzos del Cuerpo de Bomberos.The governor paid tribute to the efforts of the Fire Department.
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recomendar(
rreh
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koh
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mehn
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dahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to suggest)
a. to recommend
No te recomiendo salir con tu jefe.I would not recommend that you go out with your boss.
b. to advise
El médico me ha recomendado no comer tanto azúcar.The doctor has advised me not eat so much sugar.
2. (to give a good reference)
a. to recommend
Mi primo nos recomendó esta película.My cousin recommended this film to us.
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