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"Encontrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to find", and "conseguir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to get". Learn more about the difference between "encontrar" and "conseguir" below.
encontrar(
ehn
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kohn
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trahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to retrieve)
a. to find
Al fin encontré las llaves del coche.I finally found my car keys.
2. (to uncover)
a. to discover
Ellos encontraron una caja vieja en el bosque.They discovered an old box in the forest.
b. to encounter
Encontramos una bifurcación en el sendero y no sabíamos qué dirección tomar.We encountered a fork in the road and didn't know which path to take.
3. (to consider)
a. to find
¿No te gusta ir al teatro? - No, lo encuentro muy aburrido.Don't you like to go to the theater? - No, I find it very boring.
encontrarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to be situated)
a. to be
La playa se encuentra al otro lado de la calle.The beach is on the opposite side of the street.
5. (to sense)
a. to feel
No me encuentro muy animado.I don't feel too lively.
6. (to get together)
a. to meet
Nos encontraremos en el bar para una copa.We'll meet at the bar for a drink.
7. (to experience a state or situation)
a. to find oneself
Me encuentro en un dilema.I find myself in a dilemma.
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conseguir(
kohn
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seh
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geer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to acquire)
a. to get
Consiguió su licencia de conducir en junio.He got his driver's license in June.
Si quieres una entrada, ya sabes dónde conseguirla.If you want a ticket, you know where to get it.
b. to obtain
Consiguió la residencia y se puede quedar en el país.He obtained residency and can stay in the country.
c. to win
Sam Rockwell consiguió el Óscar al mejor actor de reparto en 2018.Sam Rockwell won the Oscar for best supporting actor in 2018.
2. (to realize an objective)
a. to achieve
Ese hombre consiguió todas sus metas profesionales.That man achieved all his career goals.
b. to manage
No conseguí convencerlo para que se viniera a la playa con nosotros.I didn't manage to convince him to come to the beach with us.
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