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"Encontrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to find", and "resultar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to turn out". Learn more about the difference between "encontrar" and "resultar" below.
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.
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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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to end up)
a. to turn out
¿Cómo resultaron las elecciones de hoy?How did today's elections turn out?
b. to turn out to be
El viaje a Honduras resultó más interesante de lo que esperaba.The trip to Honduras turned out to be more interesting than I had imagined.
c. to be
El ciclista resultó gravemente herido en el choque.The cyclist was seriously injured in the crash.
d. to work out
Por fortuna, todo resultó bien en la fiesta.Fortunately, everything worked out well at the party.
e. to prove
El incendio forestal resultó ser muy dañino.The forest fire proved to be very harmful.
2. (to be successful)
a. to work
Quiso intentar una receta nueva pero no le resultó.He wanted to try out a new recipe but it didn't work.
b. to work out
A ver si esta vez le resulta.Let's see if it works out for him this time.
3. (to appear)
a. to find
Me resultó muy interesante la plática del profesor.I found the professor's talk very interesting.
4. (to result from; used with "de")
a. to come of
Algo bueno tiene que resultar de tus esfuerzos.Something good has to come of your efforts.
b. to be the result of
El éxito del presidente resulta de años de trabajo duro.The president's success is the result of years of hard work.
5. (to become; used with "en")
a. to result in
La riña entre los políticos resultó en un decaimiento de servicios para el pueblo.The quarrel between the politicians resulted in a decline of services to the people.
b. to lead to
Comer mucha sal podría resultar en hipertensión.Eating a lot of salt may lead to hypertension.
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