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"Encontrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to find", and "cuándo" is an adverb which is often translated as "when". Learn more about the difference between "encontrar" and "cuándo" below.
encontrar(
ehn
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kohn
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trahr
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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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cuándo(
kwahn
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doh
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (interrogative)
a. when
¿Cuándo vas a terminar tus deberes?When are you going to finish your homework?
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (indicating time)
a. when
Nos vamos a casar, pero el cuándo y el dónde aún no lo sé.We are getting married, but I don't know when or where yet.
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